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mrbullfrog11
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JTSmith
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That the drinking age should be lowered to 18

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mrbullfrog11
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 8/11/2009 Category: Society
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Debate Rounds (5)
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mrbullfrog11

Con

I will let my opponent go first. We have 5 rounds, therefore, it shouldn't be a problem....hopefully
JTSmith

Pro

My argument is this. Lowering the drinking age to 18 will lower the amount of alcohol related incidents as well as encourage safer drinking habits of drinkers who would be considered underage under the current laws.
The current legal drinking age of 21 does not prevent those under the age of 21 from drinking... at all. Not even a little bit. Rather, it forces them to drink in secret. At private parties, and secluded places where they are influenced by the pressure of their peers only and have no supervision. Lets face it, they drink just as much and they do it in very irresponsible circumstances because they have no choice. Were the drinking age lowered to 18, this age group would choose to drink more often in public bars and clubs where bartenders manage the amount of alcohol they are served and where these same bartenders can also prevent them from driving home. They could be seen in public without fear of retribution and would be more willing to take taxi's and public transportation. The VAST majority of drunk driving accidents are caused by underage drinkers. Keeping the drinking age at 21 is not going to fix this. Alternatively, lowering the drinking age would have provided an alternate place for these drinkers to partake and be supervised.
To prove my point I would like to point to many countries such as England, Italy, Greece, and China where there is a lower drinking age. These countries enjoy a much lower percentage of alcohol related incidents. Using the same method these countries did we can lower our percentage of alcohol related incidents as well.
Debate Round No. 1
mrbullfrog11

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JTSmith

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mrbullfrog11

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Debate Round No. 3
mrbullfrog11

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Debate Round No. 4
mrbullfrog11

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JTSmith

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Johnicle 7 years ago
Johnicle
this is the most pathetic debate i have ever seen.
Posted by mrbullfrog11 7 years ago
mrbullfrog11
Sorry to JTSmith, I would have done these debate, but unfortunately, the computer saved about 190 characters of the about 7,365 i already had :/
Posted by mrbullfrog11 7 years ago
mrbullfrog11
To Rezzealaux
I actually do things in the summer and often don't have time to even check my facebook for more than 10 minutes....let alone being an active member on the mafia game
Posted by studentathletechristian8 7 years ago
studentathletechristian8
1) Lowering the drinking age to 18 will only make even younger kids drink in privacy. With the drinking age at 21, the majority amount of underaged drinking secrecy parties involve kids from ages 16-20. If the drinking age were lowered to 18, secrecy drinking parties would involve kids from ages 13-17. Lowering the age only makes the temptation increase and atually leads to more drinkers at younger ages.

2) So what if European countries do not have a drinking age? Europeans mainly drink whine, not beer like Americans, which is a big difference in reference to alcohol consumption. Also, Europeans generally respect the power of alcohol and European families traditionally are taught the significance of alcohol and think less of abusing it than Americans.

3) The human mind does not stop developing until the early twenties. Lowering the drinking age to 18 would prevent one's brain from fully functioning as he/she gets older.
Posted by Xer 7 years ago
Xer
Agreed with mongeese.

Because currently mrbullfrog11 can argue for the drinking age to be 17 or 19 and win the debate.
Posted by mongeese 7 years ago
mongeese
Setting up one specific target age for the opponent is rather michevious. How about you take one age, and have one person argue for lower, and the other argue for it or higher? It would be fairer.
Posted by Rezzealaux 7 years ago
Rezzealaux
More importantly, why were you an inactive replacement in the mafia game?
Posted by wjmelements 7 years ago
wjmelements
Why so many rounds?
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