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The United States drinking age should be 18.

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Started: 12/12/2013 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Round one is for acceptance only.

Statements as to why we take our stance is introduced in round two, then rebuttals to the opponent is round three. Good luck and thank you.


Drinkng is a bad habbit for anyone. Those who are get used to drinking do not have good way of thinking. Then they are going to be a shame people who do not have place amiog society since they are harmful. Person in their 18 age in this case, obviously, are fresh in thought, power, and mind. If they are introduced drinks then the youth are going to be bad youth as the future leader.
Debate Round No. 1


Thank you con for accepting with your brief intro. I'm going to try and keep these short since there's not a whole essay to write.

On July 17, 1984, Unitd States Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age into effect, increasing the drinking age from 18 years of age to 21 years of age. This limited the purchase, sales, and consumption to anyone underneath this age. Previously, the states had set their own laws as to the drinking age which varied from eighteen years old to twenty-one at the time. The vast majority had it set at eighteen years.

The United States is one of ONLY FOUR developed countries in the entire world to have this age set to over 18. It currently has the highest drinking age in the world. The other countries are South Korea being 19, parts of Canada being 19, Japan being 20, and Iceland being 19 years. The majority of the world has it set at eighteen years of age with a few exceptions at sixteen.

At the age of 18 years of age, one becomes a legal adult. This person is able to vote in all national elections including Presidential, Congressional, and Gubernational. They are able to legally vote for the person that runs our country. This is far more important than consuming alcohol. They are also able to enlist in the military, righteously defend their country, be drafted, and participate in war. They could possibly be killed in battle as well.

An eighteen year old person is also able to smoke and buy tobacco legally. They are able to inhale nicotine, smoke, and chemicals into their body through cigarettes or cigars. This causes far more damage than alcohol. Not to mention that they are also able to play the LOTTERY and win millions of dollars for themselves.

An eighteen year old can also legally have sex without risk of statutory rape being pressed against them, they can visit a sex store, and legally watch or produce pornography.

An eighteen year old is able to move out without the support of their parents, apply for welfare and food stamps, build up credit, and take out loans for cars, houses, school, or anything of the sort.

So let's sum this up. An eighteen year old is an adult, can be a part of the military, die for their country, vote for the leader of their country, smoke highly addictive cigarettes and cigars, known to cause cancer, move out of their parent's hospitatility, legally buy a car or house and take out loans, have sex and watch porn with no problem, but cannot drink alcohol.

While alcohol can be psychologically addictive, it is nowhere as dangerous as tobacco smoke. Alcohol is a stimulant and depressant and should be drinken responsibly. An eighteen year old can doing anything else responsibly, so why not drink? This would also lower the amount of worry and preoccupation of police officers on college campuses with students trying to smuggle it into the campus.

This is why the alcohol purchase and consumption age should nationally be lowered to age 18 after thirty years of having it at twenty-one years of age.



syahrial forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2


I extend all of my arguments, as I expected this forfeit to happen because he is a newbie.


syahrial forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Greematthew 3 years ago
*sigh* I hate people who forfeit.
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