The legal drinking age in Australia should be lowered. (As teenagers are…
The legal drinking age in Australia should be lowered.
As teenagers are unable to drink legally in pubs or bars, but are old enough to want to socialise, they are forced to do it secretly on streets and in parks.
This often creates a nuisance to the wider public
One of the main causes of teenage crime, vandalism and violence.
Lowering the drinking age will discourage drinkers from disturbing people in public places
Even legal drinkers buy alcohol cheaply in a supermarket and then drink it in a park because it is less expensive than going to a pub or bar.
Therefore changing the drinking age would not necessarily affect the amount of drinking in public places.
Limited alcohol consumption (a couple of glasses of red wine per week) can actually have positive health benefits.
Lowering the age limit would be an important step in changing drinking habits and would have long-term health benefits.
When drunk, young people may do things which cause longer term problems
Research published in the Journal of Substance Abuse in 1997 showed that young people who drink before the age of 18 are four times more likely to become alcoholics than those who begin drinking at 21.
The AUS age limits on drinking don't discourage underage teenagers from drinking
Alcohol is harder to come by with higher age limits, and therefore when underage teens find access to alcohol they take advantage of it, resulting in binge-drinking
Binge-drinking occurs regardless of age, which is evident in adults who abuse alcohol
Teenagers will always rebel against whatever limits are put on their behaviour
Other activities, such as "soft" drug use will replace underage drinking
Legally we allow 16 year olds to make their own rational choices about topics such as smoking, driving (with supervision) and having sex
16 year olds are denied the right to vote and drive by themselves, so clearly sixteen years of age is not a set line of where adulthood begins
Therefore they should be given the right to make their own decision on whether or not they drink
They are given the choice to harm themselves in ways such as; smoking and gambling due to them being rational enough, why not add alcohol to the list?
Drinking is a larger choice than smoking, as alcohol reduces your ability to make further choices rationally by intoxicating you.