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36
Yes this would be great. No, it is a bad idea.
Debate Score:57
Arguments:58
Total Votes:60
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 Yes this would be great. (18)
 
 No, it is a bad idea. (31)

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Lower drinking age to 16?

Yes this would be great.

Side Score: 21
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No, it is a bad idea.

Side Score: 36
3 points

The drinking age causes more problems than it helps - I think a society of normalizing drinking is better - people could drink with their parents, but it would be no different from any other activity. There would be less binge drinking or "drinking because its enticing," no fear of reporting alcohol-related injuries "because I'll go to jail for drinking," no more drinking in dangerous places "because I'm not allowed to drink and can't drink in supervised places"...

Side: Yes this would be great.

There should be no drinking age limit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Side: Yes this would be great.
Del1176(4964) Clarified
2 points

You'd let a baby get alcohol poisoned?

Side: Yes this would be great.
Euori(24) Disputed
2 points

Um no, someone's parents would let their baby get alcohol poisoning, and they'd be the ones arrested for the poisoning, just like any other kind - whether its allergies, or feeding a newborn honey knowing they can't have it, etc. It's neglect or abuse.

A drinking age existing doesn't prevent that - people would let their babies have a drink only in hiding, whether there's adrinking age or not, and they'd get in trouble for the poisoning, drinking age or not.

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
1 point

is a law going to stop a baby from getting alcohol poisoning?

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
KillerBee(480) Clarified
1 point

Do you really think a baby will think" lets go drink" , certainly not

Side: Yes this would be great.

What a person decides to do with their own body should be no ones business but their own!

Side: Yes this would be great.
Del1176(4964) Disputed
1 point

What if someone decides to use their body in a way that prevents another person using their body such as in rape. Would your philosophy apply then?

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
1 point

when a person (or body) chooses to hurt (in a physical manner or theft of property) another body they should be punished for THAT crime. If a person decides to rape someone while they are intoxicated, you don't go searching for some inanimate object, past victimization or substance to blame ( i.e. past rape, alcohol etcetera.) You blame the person who made the CHOICE to rape. If alcohol was outlawed altogether do you honestly think there would be no car accidents, rapes, youths that drink or alcohol poisoning?

Side: Yes this would be great.
1 point

Rape, by definition is force. You cannot force a person to do something and still claim the forced had a choice. therefor, the forcer has no right to rape another even if its what they want to do with their body. want doesn't justify force.

Side: Yes this would be great.
lemonleah(1) Disputed
1 point

No, if someone get drunk, it affects the people around them, not only themselves. For example, drunk driving.....

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
1 point

It works on the continent, i.e. in Germany where you can buy beer and other weak alcohol at 16. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_drinking_age

Side: Yes this would be great.
Del1176(4964) Disputed
1 point

Europe is 'a continent' not 'the continent'. Don't be so ignorant.

Additionally just because a country has a law doesn't justify it's enforcement.

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
Elvira(3447) Disputed
1 point

I said it works, and 'the continent' is a term the british use to describe the euro-aisian landmass. It is commonly used, you will find.

Side: Yes this would be great.
1 point

babies would be fed a bottle of alcohol for them to stop crying

Side: Yes this would be great.
1 point

babies would be fed a bottle of alcohol for them to stop crying

Side: Yes this would be great.
1 point

babies would be fed a bottle of alcohol for them to stop crying

Side: Yes this would be great.
3 points

Nope, because most sixteen year olds are just getting their drivers license. Adding liquor to inexperienced drivers is a recipe for death and stupidity. Also I only have a year and a month left until I'm legal, so everyone else should have to wait. Yes, my birthday is in a month ;)

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
2 points

I agree. Also, isn't there a reason that the drinking age is 21 due to brain development? Alcohol damages brain cells and those kids need them at school and on the SAT'S and other exams.

btw. Happy Early Birthday :)

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
1 point

Thanks. :)

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
1 point

Also, isn't there a reason that the drinking age is 21 due to brain development?

Hahahahaha silly you. Our government doesn't allow/ban things based on the factual results of scientific studies; that research came later, after the fact.

No the federal government threatened the states into passing the age 21 restriction.

They picked 21 because according to 600+ year old English Common Law you could get knighted at 21.

That's about how much sense our government makes when it comes to the war on drugs.

Side: Yes this would be great.
1 point

When is your birthday? I want to wish you a happy birthday. :)

Side: No, it is a bad idea.

I made this and I say no! It does poop with your brain. However 21 or not if the people you live with drink it makes it easy to sneak a swig...

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
1 point

No one should drink for fuck's sake.

What is with people on this site being like a bunch of drunken teenagers smoking weed all the time?! I thought that is the mindless norm from which we are to be considered separated and more elite.

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
Saurbaby(5579) Clarified
2 points

You sound like you belong to that other debating site, where the people are too serious. Lol But seriously, most people on here are joking. Not about doing those things, but about it being so serious.

Side: Yes this would be great.
Del1176(4964) Clarified
1 point

I used to go on debate.org and have been IP banned and been threatened with persecution if I ever am caught making another account on it because apparently I was too aggressive a debater for their liking and the fact that I posted sex toy images didn't help my case.

Side: Yes this would be great.

Alcohol affects your brain, in some permanent ways. the brain isn't fully done developing until approximately the age of 26, so by drinking before then you are ruining your brain and preventing it from ever fully developing. Since I know it's an unsound argument to try to raise it, until 26 I settle at the age it's at, and not a year lower.

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
1 point

And your brain starts failing and decaying around 45-50... should drinking restricted after those years, as well? If teens cant handle it because they don't have full brain capacity, neither should middle age people and up because they don't have full brain capacity, either.

Side: Yes this would be great.
Quocalimar(6470) Disputed
1 point

Not because they lack the capacity, but because they are ruining their ability to ever have the capacity.

Let me explain better sorry.

Until the brain is fully formed, you are ruining the chance to have it fully formed by drinking. Not that you don't have the sense.

The brain will be destroyed in small bits by the alcohol so if my argument were that they don't understand what they are doing, it'd be defeated by drinking alcohol in the 1st place.

My argument is for ever having a fully developed brain, just to experience life with it.

After the brains start decaying, you already had a fully developed brain you have had a chance to experience life with it, we should give everyone a chance to experience life with a fully developed brain.

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
1 point

No they shouldn't lower the drinking age to 16 because that is when most teenagers are getting their driver's licenses and it would cause more deaths because of the drunk driving.

Side: No, it is a bad idea.

As several others have said, I don't condone the idea of making the age of drinking and driving the same. AT LEAST let kids become moderately experienced drivers before they decide to try alcohol (though they should't be driving drunk in the first place).

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
1 point

well most children would be irresponsible because the alcohol the take will kill their mind and even make them dim in class

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
1 point

well most children would be irresponsible because the alcohol the take will kill their mind and even make them dim in class

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
1 point

well most children would be irresponsible because the alcohol the take will kill their mind and even make them dim in class

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
1 point

i think it is a bad idea because 16 year olds are not responsible enough to make the right decissions while under the influence

Side: No, it is a bad idea.
1 point

Drunk drivers at every age is a death wish

Side: No, it is a bad idea.

I feel 16 would be a dangerous age to lower the age for alcoholic consumption. I want the 21 age minimum to stay.

Side: No, it is a bad idea.