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Should the drinking age be 18?
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Adults should have the right to decide to drink

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.

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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[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.

Rejecting the premises


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