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In the 1995 news article Perils of Prohibition Elizabeth M Whelan argues that prohibiting the sale of liquor to responsible young adults creates an atmosphere where binge drinking and alcohol abuse have become a problem She supports this thesis with personal observations and a survey done by the Harvard School of Public Health The purpose behind Elizabeth Whelan writing this article is to convince us to lower the drinking age in order to reduce alcohol abuse Her audience is Parents of teens and our fellow government I agree legal drinking at a young age should be allowed in order to provide a safer environment and to avoid illegal and binge drinking on teens and young adults Drinking irresponsibly without guidance and experience leads to alcohol violence Whelan points out a story she read in a college paper of a young man who drunk past his limit The over drinking lead him into doing something crazy such as jumping on top of a moving train and almost left to die Luckily he survived but was severely injured She relates this story to a similar story of another young man who drunk irresponsibly got drunk and maneuvered his way into a chimney Left there for three days he unluckily died These accrued because of the lack to provides young adults with the experience needed in order for them to learn from their mistakes so as they grow older they will already be aware of the dangerous consequences that comes along with drinking irresponsibly She confirms that If 18-year-olds dont have legal access to even a beer at a public place they have no experience handling liquor their own They feel liberated when they arrive on campus Lowering the drinking age will provide a safer environment Whelan declares that we should make access to alcohol legal 18 At the same time we should
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