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The drinking age should be raised to 25

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Started: 7/25/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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drewsaphor

Pro

The legal drinking age should be raised to 25 because the human brain does not mature until roughly the age of 25.

"According to recent findings, the human brain does not reach full maturity until at least the mid-20s.The specific changes that follow young adulthood are not yet well studied, but it is known that they involve increased myelination and continued adding and pruning of neurons. As a number of researchers have put it, "the rental car companies have it right." The brain isn't fully mature at 16, when we are allowed to drive, or at 18, when we are allowed to vote, or at 21, when we are allowed to drink, but closer to 25, when we are allowed to rent a car." http://hrweb.mit.edu...

People between the age of 21 and 25 are the most responsible for Drunk driving accident's

The rate of drunk driving is highest among 21 to 25 year olds (23.4 percent - See more at: http://www.madd.org...)
Terridax

Con

Hello,

The stance I will be taking on the subject of the drinking age being raised to 25 is that not only should the age limit not be raised, but gotten rid of entirely, or at least lowered to an age in the range of 12-14. I feel that it is also necessary to point out that we are presumably talking about the drinking age within the United States, though my stance applies to every country, not just the US.

The Pro bases their argument entirely on studies showing that the human brain is not fully developed until the age of 25, and most alcohol related incidents/accidents (in the United States) occur under the age of 25, however I would like to point out that correlation does not equal causation. In many other regions of the world, I will use the United Kingdom as an example, the drinking laws are much more laxed and yet there are significantly less deaths each year and the most affected age group is 55-64 [1]. In 2012 there were 8,367 alcohol-related deaths in the UK, compared to the US where an average of 88,000 alcohol-related deaths occur each year [1 & 2]. This can be attributed to the culture difference and the way alcohol consumption is integrated into society as opposed to age correlation.

In other cultures and societies drinking is portrayed very differently from how it is in the U.S. In the United States alcohol consumption is commonly seen as something you would do at a party, and it is usually consumed in excessive amounts. It is also viewed as an activity that is "cool" to partake in among underaged people, mostly due to the fact that is illegal. This brings us to the real root of the problem when it comes to drinking alcohol in the U.S.; Alcohol is viewed as a society as something that should not be done at all until you hit a certain age, and because of that parents tend not to teach their children safe drinking habits, as it is presumed that they should not be drinking at all. In places, such as the UK, where children are taught that it is okay to consume alcohol as long as it's done responsibly, children view alcohol consumption not as something that's cool or rebellious to do, but rather just as something that most people do. Adults allow their children to share a drink with them at relatively young ages, and this sets an entirely different attitude towards drinking.

To summarize, alcohol related incidents and accidents would not be lowered by raising the drinking age due to the general attitude towards drinking in the U.S., in fact this may only add to the problem. A much better solution would be to lower the drinking age and allow parents to teach their children the dangers of alcohol misuse and how it can be responsibly consumed.

[1] http://www.ons.gov.uk...
[2]http://www.cdc.gov...
Debate Round No. 1
drewsaphor

Pro

drewsaphor forfeited this round.
Terridax

Con

I would be interested to hear a retort from you, Pro. Please don't forfeit the next round.
Debate Round No. 2
drewsaphor

Pro

drewsaphor forfeited this round.
Terridax

Con

It's disappointing that I didn't get to hear a retort from the PRO, however I think that we both got our general points across well.
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