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Charles Bukowski's Argument For Lowering The Drinking Age

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“Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same.” This was said by Charles Bukowski, who was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Drinking is known for being a pleasure for most people, but in America there is an age restriction for that pleasure. On July 17, 1984, The National Minimum Drinking Age Act was passed and it was controversial because it punished every state that allowed persons below 21 years old to purchase and publicly possess alcoholic beverages. One of the primary reasons why this bill was passed was to prevent traffic deaths caused by young drunk drivers. Why is 21 the ideal age to drink alcohol? I respectfully disagree with reasoning above and believe that national minimum drinking age should be…show more content…
I wanted to speak about an issue that affects me, and being that I’m a teenager, it does. My proposal for this issue is to change the drinking age to 18 but if this is too arduous to make that leap to 18, at least make it 19 or 20. I think 21 is too long of a gap to make it legal when most teenagers are already exposed to it.

Teenagers deal with a lot of stress, whether they are in college or working, they need a stress reliever. Drinking helps them get out of this stress zone and allows them to have a good time. And what is wrong with having a good time? Drinking is not as harmful as many people perceive it to be. Red wine in particular has an antioxidant in it called polyphenol that may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart.

There is a wide misconception about tolerance and alcohol. Typically, an 18 year old has less tolerance as compared to a 21 year old. Although there might be some truth to that, in most cases, people do not really know how much they can handle until they try it out. Tolerance does not come with age, it comes with
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