Should we lower the drinking age to 18?
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While it is true that some areas of the United States have insufficient alcohol education programs at the moment, and that this has led to a great amount of alcohol-related issues, but this situation could be easily remedied if these areas employed alcohol education programs that are currently seen in the state of Texas.
This following piece of evidence comes from that very Texas law:
Alcohol: Code 28.002 (2009) requires the State Board of Education to adopt Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for addressing the dangers, causes, consequences, signs, symptoms, and treatment of binge drinking and alcohol poisoning. The code requires the Texas Education Agency to compile a list of evidence-based alcohol awareness programs from which a school district must choose for use in the district's middle school, junior high, and high school health curriculum.Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Health Education (1997) recommends alcohol use prevention education is taught in grades K-12.
This program, as the evidence state, was instituted in the year 1997. I will now give the statistics of drinking-realted issues in the time since that piece of legislation came into effect:
25% percent of people age 10-20 in the state of Texas have consumed alcohol in the last month, , and 14% have binge-drunk at some point in their lives.
These numbers are pretty high. However, ever since the new education policies have been instituted, the number of drunk driving deaths have decreased by 27%, and under-21 drunk driving deaths have decreased by 42%!
Not only is this happening in Texas, but the United States as a whole has seen vastly less drunk driving fatalities and incidents in the last fifteen years.
We are ready for the abolishment of drinking ages.
As for the statistic I cited when for when the policy was enacted in 1997, it is illogical to assume that no results were seen until very recently, considering that the percentage rate that I cited was one that accumulated OVER THE COURSE of the time the policy was in effect. Results were seen immediately, but the accumulation was built up over time.
My opponent also claims that people in the United States are not ready for the minimum legal age for drinking be abolished. However, I wish to inform you...again...that this is not the case.
According to the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began recording alcohol-related statistics in 1982, among persons under 21, the number killed in drunk driving crashes decreased 78% from the record high of 5,215 in 1982 to 1,174 in 2012.
The trend can be seen in the following link:
Even with these declines in drunk driving and drunk driving deaths, The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that underage drinking is widespread, and that in 2009, about 10.4 million young people between ages 12 and 20 drank more than "just a few sips" of alcohol.
As kids get older, they drink more. By age 15, half of teens have had at least one drink. By age 18, more than 70% of teens have had at least one drink.
Judging by these continuing trends, we can see that the youth and Americans and general are becoming more responsible about alcohol and alcohol use. The nation is ready for the abolishment of a legal drinking age.
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Vote Placed by Paleophyte 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Great debate by both sides. Con did a brilliant job by taking a position opposite to the one that Pro was expecting. Pro did a good job of countering but it seemed obvious that he wasn't as eager to rebut Con's position as he would have been to attack a 21 year drinking age. Both sides could have cited sources better. There ought to be a lot of literature on this.
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