Raising the minimum drinking age in Australia from 18 to 21
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Alcohol is the catalyst for a majority of incidents in New South Wales and is in need of an urgent change. The current legal drinking age on licensed premises is 18, defined as a minor in the Liquor Act 2007 which operates within the State Government of New South Wales. Alcohol is a major issue and should be reformed to prevent more incidents.
Alcohol causes long term damage to the brain. Also, in 2014-2015, alcohol consumption on levels that may have caused long-term damage was especially high in young people, affecting 48.6% of males aged 16-24 and 37.4% of females aged 16-24.
The National Drug Research Institute estimates victims hospitalised in 2012-2013 were comprised mostly of 15-19 and 20-29-year-old men, accounting for 2 times that of the rest of the population aged above 15 years. In 2016, there were 59 known casualties of drink driving which make up 15.5% of road casualties. Young people aged 17-24 made up of 33% of fatal car accidents in NSW while under the influence of alcohol.
According to the reasons above, we will be campaigning for the reform of the Liquor Act 2007 so the minimum drinking age from 18 to 21.
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