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Should the legal drinking age be lowered in the US?

Asked by: Thatdebategirl
  • There are too many variables for the current drinking age to even be feasible.

    The way I see it, the current drinking age is just another tool of federal control, because states that don't have it at 21 lose massive amounts of federal highway funding, and it just doesn't make sense. Only three other countries have a drinking age this high, while the rest of the developed world has it even lower, in the 16-18 range. This outdated law needs to be repealed immediately.

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  • No, the legal drinking age shouldn't be lowered

    Not only do I believe that America's legal drinking age shouldn't be lowered, I believe it should be raised. Although drivers under the age of 21 represent 10 percent of licensed drivers they are responsible for 17 percent of fatal alcohol-related crashes. That's about 3,000 drunk teens a year. Not only is this a depressing number, its a totally preventable one. I think America need's increased alcohol restrictions to prevent so many deaths.

  • Absolutely not, a ridiculous notion

    Alcohol should be banned period. It is a dangerous and addictive substance that is bad for society, places stress on health care and leads to violence and disrupted peace. People that drink alcohol fuel this negative cycle often with views of ignorance about the severity of what they are contributing to. There is no difference between drinking alcohol to have a good time or take the edge of things then or injecting heroin for the same purpose. Alcohol's dangers were not discovered immediately and became greatly popular even with upper class and sophisticated individuals, and this is why it was never banned. It ultimately is nothing more than a legal drug that has wrongfully became socially acceptable.


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