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Keep it the same. Lower it!
Debate Score:105
Arguments:42
Total Votes:153
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Legal drinking age.

Is the legal drinking age to old?

Keep it the same.

Side Score: 52
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Lower it!

Side Score: 53
5 points

Well if I had to wait until I was 21 I think every other brat should have to as well. I mean there is a reason for everything, if the drinking age is lowered it would hinder kids' development.

Side: Keep it the same.
3 points

As far as physical development, at 18 "kids" are basically done growing.

The main reason I can think to lower the drinking age is collages. Many universities are actually trying to get the drinking age lowered because the current law creates problems. Universities are forced to either a) ignore students breaking the law or b) invade their students privacy in order to arrest them for constantly breaking the law. This is a very unfair situation to put the Universities in.

In addition, 18 is the age to become a full adult citizen of the U.S. In nearly every other country on earth, that means you're treated as an adult, and given the right to drink. Here, you can buy tobacco, vote, and even serve and die for your country! But not drink. When you treat people like children, they act like children, and this leads to bad choices when it comes to alcohol. If you ever go to Europe, you will see a completely different, and more healthy attitude towards alcohol, that leads to less dangerous binge drinking (the main problem we have in the U.S.).

Therefore, let's treat adults like adults. I personally am in favor of putting the drinking age at 19, therefore most collage students could legally drink, and alcohol would be kept out of the hands of high schoolers.

Side: Lower it!
MKIced(2482) Disputed
1 point

I think it's a great idea to treat adults like adults. However, just because an 18 year old is physically "all grown up", it doesn't mean he is mentally the same. The government doesn't ban certain substances because they feel like it. They make things illegal because they are harmful to the citizens of the country. When it comes to illegal drugs, I believe this is obvious, as long as you took a D.A.R.E. course or a health course. When it comes to alcohol, I think we all know the effects of long-term excessive drinking. However, I don't think many people understand that alcohol can seriously affect a minor. Excessive drinking before the age of 21 depletes the myelin layers and Schwann cells in the nervous system. In simpler terms, drinking basically harms the nervous system of young adults. In girls, even, the nerve cells aren't fully matured until 23!

Now, I'm 17 right now. I'll be turning 18 in June. Believe me. If drinking had no negative effects on me right now, I would beg for the age to be lowered so that I could go to a bar on my birthday and get hammered. However, I know the negative effects of drinking before 21. The government doesn't create these laws to suppress the rights of young adults; it creates these laws to protect the health of said young adults.

Don't pity the universities of America for the trouble caused by student drinkers. Underage drinkers should not be ignored. I don't believe students should have too much privacy. Secrecy leads to illegal possessions. If a student had a right to privacy no matter what, he could easily bring illegal substances into his dorm. However, if this student didn't have so much privacy, like if the college had the right to check his room, then he would most likely not bring illegal substances to his room.

And as for Americans versus the rest of the world, we are a supersized nation. Look at us. Our portion sizes are so much bigger than those around the world. This includes alcohol. Yes, people around the world are taught from an early age to respect alcohol and to imbibe these beverages responsibly. In America, students are taught about alcohol in school, but when they finally get their hands on it, they overindulge. We, as a nation, do not measure our food and drinks the same way Europeans do. We continue to eat or drink until we feel an effect. This leads to excessive drunkenness. Perhaps, if the parents of this nation would teach their children about the responsibility involved in drinking, then we could lower the drinking age. But first, we need to get the parents to learn this responsibility as well.

Side: Keep it the same.
2 points

In my opinion, most of legal standard, such as drinking age were being fully recognized for suitable in this society. Lowering the legal drinking age would stimulate side effects; limitation of younger's physical development and unpredictable social problems. Preservation the legal drinking age is more persuasive that other.

Side: Keep it the same.
ethansmith(30) Disputed
0 points

Don't be mean to people under 21.

Side: Lower it!
MKIced(2482) Disputed
2 points

It has nothing to do with being "mean to people under 21." It has to do with keeping these people safe and healthy.

Side: Keep it the same.

You take a look at the number of drunk driving deaths and accidents in the standard year and it will not amaze you that those numbers are sky high. The legal drinking age 21, is already a problem for "mature" adults, who think that they can take the alcohol and it will have no effect on them. If you lower the drinking the age you are opening up an opportunity for uneducated, small attention span kids who think they are on top of the world and barely have the attention to balance the basic school day with outside life, let alone the thought it takes to drive and pay attention to your surroundings. Lowering the age will just result in more driving accidents and more stress and heartache. I bet that over 80% of the people who are saying that it should be lowered are yet to reach 21 and would just be looking forward to drinking without persecution.

Side: Raise It

The legal drinking age should be raised to one year before my age and it should be revised every year on my birthday ;)

Side: Keep it the same.
3 points

Then when you die there wouldn't be a legal drinking age!!! WAHOOO but then again I would be in my 60s or 70s >.<

Side: Raise It
2 points

I personally believe that we should get rid of the at period or raise it to like thirty or something. That probably because I'm a goody-two shoes or something likewise. You guys will probably hate what I have to say and I understand and agree with you. The only reason I'm saying that is because there are so many drunk drivers that have killed someone, imagine having that on your consceince for the rest of your life. But if there was no drunk drivers or men or women getting drunk to beat their spouse or children, then hell lower it to sixteen but until then........................................

Side: GET RID OF IT
2 points

To lower it now is to give way to a slippery slope--soon we'll be legalizing marijuana, and soon enough, we may be lowering the alcohol age again. Keep it the way it is. Why change a working system?

Side: Keep it the same.
2 points

It needs to stay the same and more strictly enforced because the death rate from drinking in teens is way too high. It could be lowered if teens knew that if they drank they would get caught to bad this is highly unlikely to change but it would be nice if it did.

Also teens are still trying to grow brain cells and obtain more knowledge so drinking younger would probably not help to better the worlds next leaders :p

I’m not saying that if you drink at younger ages your stupid I’m just saying its not the best idea and they already know that so don’t yell at me for stating the obvious.

Side: Keep it the same.
1 point

okay the last time they lowered it, crashes beause of drunk driving blew therw the roof, and i am 16 yes i want to drink, but i think if i did my ability to learn would be hindered, it is better to wait

Side: Keep it the same.
1 point

PEOPLE WHO DRINKS ALCOHOL STUPIDO (WHEN THERE ARE UNDER 18)

Side: Keep it the same.
1 point

I think 21is just right legal age for them to enjoy the bilge drinking session with their buddies. Lowering it could be prone to more incidents because they may not be mature enough to handle the situation carefully.

Side: Keep it the same.

I think it should remain at 21. Below that age is playing with fire.

Side: Keep it the same.
0 points

I'm 17. I can't WAIT to drink... legally. However, the law should stand. Yes, many teens break the law by drinking underage. If the age lowers, the rate of drinking teens will skyrocket. This will lead to more alcohol poisonings and drunk driver related deaths and accidents. Don't deny this.

Even if none of that happened, it is proven that drinking alcohol before 21 (23 in some girls) depletes the myelin sheaths in the neurons http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec07/ch108/ch108b.html which can seriously harm the nerve cells in youths. This is the main reason why the drinking age is where it is.

Side: Keep it the same.
DaWolfman(3321) Disputed
3 points

What about the majority of the other countries on this PLANET? It is 18 years old in most places and it is nonexistant in others so are those other countries being ignorant to their citizens?

Side: Lower it!
MKIced(2482) Disputed
2 points

Way to shoot down valid information with that cliche "Everybody else is doing it..." Just because other nations have the drinking age at 18, doesn't mean our nation should do that. If you are so obsessed with drinking your face off at 18, then move to one of nations. Americans are different when it comes to drinking. In Italy, for example, people may be allowed to drink at an earlier age, but they don't use this right to drink insane amounts of alcohol to get drunk. They drink one glass of wine with dinner. Americans use this same right to go to bars and drink obscene amounts of alcohol.

(Obviously, not all people act this way. I'm just saying this way of acting is more common in America.)

Side: Keep it the same.
1 point

Different countries have different limits, some have none, some of the more nazi countries have it banned altogether... Check out the wikipedia page :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_drinking_age

Side: Lower it!
3 points

THe legal drinking age is set to high. I think it should be 18 maybe. Having the drinking age up so high only increases the problems for kids that drink when they are in college and prior. I have drank since I was 14 not heavily of course maybe just a beer once a month, maybe have a restriction to how much a kid can purchase. They do not seem to have problems in China and Italy where I could buy whine by the gallon without getting any strange looks. All in all it just to high and do not say it hinders their brain development and all that crap. You can legally start taking time off of your life at 18 and smoking kills so many more than drinking per year.

Side: Lower it!
MKIced(2482) Disputed
2 points

"All in all it just to high and do not say it hinders their brain development and all that crap."

That's a funny quote... because you're wrong. Alcohol depletes the myelin sheaths around schwann cells in neurons. This occurs in boys up to age 21 and girls up to age 23. So basically, drinking DOES hinder brain development.

Side: Keep it the same.
DaWolfman(3321) Disputed
1 point

I am not saying that it does not hinder brain development because that does not stop anyone else. I know it does hinder brain development ... I am saying I do not want to hear about how smoking kills when there are so many smokers ya dig?

Side: Lower it!
0 points

I have to say I agree. I had drank alchohol before I was 21 and it was always a risk. At the college parties I was at the majority of the party goers were under 21, if they lowered it the colleges would have less pressure on them, and they would not have the worries about their students being caught drinking.

Side: Lower it!
MKIced(2482) Disputed
1 point

College is a time for higher learning. It really shouldn't be a time for constant partying and underage drinking. These laws should be enforced. Regardless of effort put in by colleges.

Side: Keep it the same.
0 points

nice i drink a little too

Side: Lower it!
2 points

Inform the population of the pros and cons of alcohol, then lower the legal drinking age.

If they choose to abuse, by all means screw'em.

Underage people will continue acquiring and drinking regardless of what the limit is, actually last time I checked they get their kick out of breaking the law.

=> Reducing the limit will help moderate drinkers stay out of trouble with law enforcement and may reduce alcohol abuse with the underage segment :)

Side: Lower it!
2 points

The legal drinking age is entirely to high. It should be 18. Just like you can legally be kicked out of your house at 18, you can legally be classified as an adult, or buy cigaretttes. so yes it's to high

Side: Lower it!
2 points

The key word in this debate is "they," and who are they to decide whether somebody else can have a drink? As if it was by the indulgence of one class of citizens that another enjoys the exercise of their inherent natural rights. This blatantly unjust law was totally unacceptable to me when I was a victim of it and remains totally unacceptable to many of its victims today. If you actually thought it would protect people under 21 from dying in drunk driving crashes, check out the link I add to this post.

Supporting Evidence: Memorial (udadd.com)
Side: Lower it!
2 points

We have a terribly unhealthy attitude towards alcohol in this country.

If you can die for the country at 18 and vote at 18, you should be able to drink at 18.

Side: Lower it!
1 point

kids are just going to pay people to go in to get them some alcohol so they are always going get alcohol anyway

Side: Lower it!
-4 points
2 points

I would be fine with that but that might be to insanely low for those who are on the border of saying yes to lowering the age =]

Side: Lower it!