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English Coursework Write a debate speech, proposing/opposing the motion, "This house believes that alcohol should not have an age of consent." Mr. Chairman, members of the proposition, members of the audience, this house disagrees with this motion. However, this house also believes that the current law is flawed and needs adjusting, possibly to something similar to several of our fellow European nations. I think that if the government gradually lowered the age of consent, our drink culture could be altered. Despite wanting to change the law, completely removing the age of consent law immediately is simply dim-witted. Just think, members of the audience, what on earth would happen if there was no law? One of the immense consequences is that drink would be available to young teenagers, no questions asked. This is an obvious flaw because it will cause an immediate shoot up in young teenagers getting drunk. ...read more.


A further alternative would be to implement stricter policing. At the moment, police themselves are asking for stricter powers to fight under-age drinking. In an article in the Irish News earlier this year, the PSNI Superintendent was in the view that "officers need powers similar to the Violent Crime Reduction Act in England and Wales". This would be an ideal substitute as it would give them the authority to issue fixed-penalty notices. This would be a far better solution to the current law were police officers can only "seize and dispose of alcohol taken from minors or from someone over 18 if they believe a minor may consume alcohol". A clamp down on teenage drinking is in serious need after viewing some of the remarkable figures revealed by the Sun, who earlier this year publicized that last year there were 180,00 teenage-drink related crimes. ...read more.


Members of the audience, this will make a considerable difference to the amount of underage drinkers as shopkeepers would be forced to ask for proof of age for certain drinks. Another solution is to put a limit on the amount of alcohol a person can buy in one purchase. If this law was created it would undeniably reduce the amount of crime under the influence. This law would also be a very simple law to abide by and it would greatly reduce the quantity being drunk. Moreover, this law would be much easier to enforce from the perspective of police officers as it would be obvious to spot who was breaking the law! In conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, the motion is clearly identifying with a problem that our country has great difficulty with, but the motion is also offering a very weak solution to deal with this issue. So I implore you to see reason and listen to my suggestions, and together we can help overcome the crisis. ...read more.

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