IMAT 2017 Q19 [Argument | Drinking Restrictions]

Widespread underage drinking in certain countries prompted their governments to place restrictions on selling alcohol to young people. The aim was to protect young people’s health, but the result was not as intended. Soon after the restrictions were in place, hospitals saw several cases of young people becoming ill as a result of drinking alcohol-based liquids such as medical spirits, ethanol solutions and perfumes. The young people claimed that the restriction on legal alcohol was the main reason they were drinking other substances. If the restrictions were abolished, the health risk would be reduced.

Which one of the following is the best statement of the flaw in the above argument?

A. It assumes that restrictions encourage young people to drink alcohol.

B. It ignores the role of education in encouraging young people to drink alcohol responsibly.

C. It ignores the problem of people drinking dangerous substances because they cannot afford to buy alcohol legally.

D. It does not take into account the social and cultural importance of drinking alcohol.

E. It ignores the fact that if there had been no restrictions more young people would have suffered from drinking alcohol.