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I think the legal drinking age should be increased to 21 years. Recently there have been far too many violent incidents amongst 18-20 year old which have been either alcohol induced or drug induced or even both.
In my home town about 4 weeks ago there was a fight in the town square amongst four 20 year old lads. Two of them ended up in hospital seriously injured as they got stabbed. A couple of weeks ago my sister was out near where she lived with a few friends and one of her male friends was beaten up. A 20 year old lad was being verbally abusive to him and when politely asked what his problem was he punched his face and when he hit the ground he proceeded to kick him. Luckily he didn't sustain any serious injuries, just a terrible black eye and feeling a bit tender. But still, it should not have happened.
Last night on my way home whilst listening to the local radio I heard about a murder that happened in a town 15 miles away from me. A fight had started around 3am in the morning amongst 20 year old lads and one of them got stabbed but sadly died in hospital.
Another incident happened in broad daylight on a Saturday afternoon outside the flat next to my sisters. A group of 16 year old lads assaulted a 55 year old man because they had decided to block the road and he removed the blockage. The man was so badly injured that an ambulance had to take him to hospital.
All these incidents really do frustrate me. What is going on with the youth of today? Clearly all but the last incident was alcohol and/or drug infused. So one thing that can be done to try and reduce these crimes is to increase the legal drinking age and really crack down on it.