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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?

Yes, the drinking age should be 18. Show more Show less

Many legal, social, and cultural rights and responsibilities come into effect when a person turns 18, and it is in everyone's best interest that personal choices about drinking be a part of that transition into adulthood.
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Adults should have the right to decide

Legally, adulthood begins at the age of 18 in most parts of the world, and adults should be allowed to make their own decisions about drinking.
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Context

The Argument

The age of majority is 18 in most places, which means that 18-year-olds are considered adults. Adults are full members of their societies, with all the rights that that entails, such as the right to vote, to serve in the military and perform other public duties, to enter into legal agreements, to marry, and to make many other important decisions. Adulthood also comes with obligations, and laws are applied more strictly to adults than to minors. If 18-year-olds have all these personal rights and responsibilities by virtue of their age, they should equally have the right to make personal decisions about drinking alcohol.

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Premises

[P1] At age 18, in most societies people are considered adults and are given the various rights, responsibilities and obligations that go with that. [P2] People should also correspondingly have the ability to drink at age 18.

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