Should the drinking age be raised to 21?

IT seems to be a question asked time and time again: should the drinking age be raised?

A new report from the National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund said the legal age to buy alcohol should be lifted from 18 to 21 to help curb alcohol-related violence.

Team Leader of BUDDI Community Drug Action Team, Nicqui Yazdi, said she was "all for it".

 

"With everything that we know about the science of the brain and alcohol's effect on the still-forming adolescent brain, then most definitely we should be looking at upping the drinking age," she said.

The parts of the brain where the greatest growth is happening through that adolescent period, Ms Yazdi said, is the part of the brain that "puts the brakes on".

Team Leader of BUDDI, Nicqui Yazdi
Team Leader of BUDDI, Nicqui Yazdi

Cody Runciman said: "Plenty of 14-17 (year-olds) get trashed and end up in trouble now. Why would it be any different if the legal age changed?"

"There's no age limit on violent offenders," Jen Butterfield added.

"You need to educate from a young age about drinking responsibly as a part of life, not a rebellious escape from problems. Look to Europe for a model," Kate Olivieri said.

Rachael Rose added that changing the drinking age might be part of the solution, but "it just delays the start of Australia's drinking culture, which needs to change at a fundamental level."

"Attitudes towards violence - young men in particular but also some young women, needs to be addressed.

Should the drinking age be raised to 21?

This poll ended on 26 March 2015.

Current Results

Yes

71%

No

21%

It should be lowered or even abolished and we should all change our attitude to drinking so it's not treated as a competition to see who gets the most drunk.

7%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"Perhaps young people need to be exposed to others their age who have brain injury and other physical disabilities as a result of alcohol fuelled violence and car crashes.

"It's a stupid system that the legal drinking and driving ages coincide."

 



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