Australia And The Legal Drinking Age

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A large group of doctors and physicians from Australia’s medical fraternity are of the opinion that the legal drinking age should be raised from 18 years to 21 years. This is because studies and research have shown that alcohol related problems and traffic accidents and incidents tend to decrease with an increase in the permissible drinking age.

These problems have kept criminal lawyer at Liverpool busy for long periods of time as they battle out the cause of the defendant in legal courts. The physicians’ body, instead of suggesting a permissible age for drinking, advocates that a public consensus be reached.A traffic law firm can jump in to help clients. They will do their best to resolve the matter in court on behalf of the offenders. The age for legal consumption of alcohol had been unilaterally lowered in the 70’s. But the opponents of this verdict say that if the person is an adult legally, he/she has the right to drink as well. They are capable of making their own decisions.Everyone deserves the right to enjoy their city and also their social life in relative peace and harmony. But if this comes at the cost of injury or physical harm, as witnessed in many a bar brawl, it does become a matter of concern. The larger general population stands on the losing side if alcohol is taken irresponsibly.

Mature and responsible persons consume alcohol on a regular basis, but they do not have the inclination to cause harm to themselves or to others. So this issue becomes the edge of a fine divide where the lines blur.

During the war in Vietnam, as men above 18 were drafted into the army, the age limit for alcohol consumption was lowered to 18 on the basis of the argument that if a person is old enough to fight and die for the country, he is fit enough to consume alcohol as well. They shouldn’t be getting the short edge of the stick all the time.

In the latest call, physicians cite that Australia should have a minimum age limit for certain kinds of alcohol, and for all takeaway alcohol. The reason is to curb rash driving incidents among others. They also suggest that the tolerance level for blood alcohol be zero, for all age groups.
There are health related issues at stake too. Alcohol has a negative effect on the developing brain and this has been proven by medical studies by different teams of researchers. The brain continues developing into the early 20’s. Therefore according to doctors, by pushing the legal age to 21, a chance is given to the brain to develop to its fullest potential. It’s for the greater good of the people.