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Should the drinking age be 18? Show more Show less

The risks associated with drinking have led most countries to set a minimum legal age for the purchase or consumption of alcohol, but the specific drinking age varies from place to place. The most common drinking age around the world is 18, but the United States has a minimum legal drinking age of 21, and ages from 15 to 25 are used in other nations. Is 18 the ideal standard, or should the drinking age be 21? Should there be a minimum legal drinking age at all?

No, the drinking age should be 21. Show more Show less

Young adults are more vulnerable to the detrimental effects of alcohol and less equipped to make responsible choices about drinking. A higher drinking age prohibits people from drinking until they are mature enough to handle it.
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Drinking is medically risky

Young adults are particularly susceptible to the negative effects of alcohol consumption on brain development, and are at greater risk of alcohol poisoning.
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The Argument

Young adults are still developing physiologically and neurologically, and the consumption of alcohol can have deleterious effects on this development. Early adult brain development includes changes to the brain's frontal lobes which, if disrupted, can lead to profound behavioral and psychological issues. Risks of addiction and suicide can be increased by alcohol-related neurological problems. Young adults are also more prone to excessive binge drinking, which leads to alcohol poisoning and medical treatment for many younger drinkers.

Counter arguments



[P1] Drinking at too young an age people can have a negative impact on brain formation. [P2] The state should not sanction this by having the legal drinking age at 18.

Rejecting the premises


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