Should the legal age of drinking in Australia be lifted to 21? An exposition by Jazmin Maree Watson
Daily media and conversation is often about the consumption of alcohol. Alcohol is part of the Australian culture whether we like this or not. It is only natural that teenagers and young adults choose to drink early; to change the legal drinking age is to disregard our traditions and the Australian culture. Every teenager will tell you that an 18th birthday celebration is a staple in every young adult’s life; this is when they will experience their first ‘legal’ alcoholic beverage. Certain people will agree to the legal drinking age being lifted; this is mostly due to adults whom it does not effect or those who have made their judgments upon people such as Corey Delaney, a ‘imperceptive party boy’ who made his 15 minutes of fame by hosting an out of control under-age drinking ‘house party’, which caused over $20,000 worth of damage. Some youths did label this young teen as a male protagonist, but most commented that he was a ' little boy who needs to grow up and find your place in the world '1. Raising the age of drinking will not deter underage drinking. In reality the situation is bound to become more of a predicament. The amount of young adults that drink is phenomenal; the idea of an alcoholic beverage is a fixture in young society. If the government is to raise the legal drinking age to 21, then the amount of under age drinkers is set to rise astoundingly as 12% of all drinkers are between the ages of 18-212; This would then incur on Australia’s national crime rate. At the age of 18, an Australian citizen is able to vote for who they want to represent and govern Australia; they are able to purchase cigarettes which are classed as a legal drug (alcohol is also classed as a legal drug). An 18 year old is able to marry another person without parental consent; an 18 year old is also able to buy a property under their own name. An 18 year old can also purchase...
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