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Should the drinking age be changed?

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´╗┐Should the drinking age be changed? By Clancy Fahey This essay is written to give the arguments on the UK drinking age. People believe that it should be increased because The UK has one of the worst problems in Europe with a fifth of children aged 11 to 15 drinking at least once a week. Firstly one reason that people think the UK drinking age should be increased is because it would make it harder for underage drinkers to buy alcohol. This is because as the legal drinking age is 18 often people aged 16 can be sold alcohol without I.D. ...read more.

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Research published in the Journal of Substance Abuse in 1997 showed that ?young people in the U.K who drink before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become alcoholics than those who begin drinking at 18.? On the other hand some people believe that the drinking age should be lowered because studies have shown that most Brits will have experimented with alcohol way before their 18th birthday. This clearly shows that the laws is not working and needs to be adjusted. Studies have actually shown that limited alcohol consumption (a couple of glasses of red wine per week) ...read more.

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Furthermore people believe that the drinking age should be lowered as it would bring more money in on taxes to the government. This would be extremely helpful as the figures show that “UK public sector net debt in September 2011 was £966.8 billion, equivalent to 62.6 per cent of GDP- (note this excludes financial sector intervention.)”. If sixteen year olds could legally buy alcohol this would generate a large amount of money in extra tax which could help significantly with reducing British debt. In conclusion I think that the U.K drinking age should be lowered as it would help keep young drinkers safe as they would be experimenting with alcohol in a safe and secure invirment and because it would help to reduce British tax. By Clancy Fahey Sources http://drinkingage.procon.org/ http://www.economicshelp.org/blog/334/uk-economy/uk-national-debt/ ...read more.

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