Old Enough to Serve, Not Old Enough to Drink

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“Old Enough to Serve, but not Old Enough to Drink”

September 29, 2015

Composition II

ENG102 A01

“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some impending doom.”(Edgar Allen Poe, 1849). Edgar Allen Poe describes how alcohol has helped him forget about bad memories, sequestration, and feelings of misery. Numerous young individuals from the military oppose and agree that if they are mature enough to go to war and hazard their lives, they are mature enough to drink. As indicated by Forbes, The military is rated the second most stressful job of the United States in 2015 (Forbes, 2015). The level of stress within this job which Forbes describes is why service members would like to relax at home and have the opportunity to enjoy a few alcoholic beverages of choice. Unfortunately, all under-aged military individuals cannot partake in such activities because of laws that are set upon the United States. Giving under-aged military individuals the benefit to drink facilitates post-traumatic anxiety issue, diminishes risky drinking action and brands them into great grown-ups. Imagine being 18, a recent graduate, in Afghanistan fighting a war. What do you see? In case impacts, destruction, wounds, blood, and lost limbs are what you imagine happens majority of the time, you are correct. How would you deal with living in constant fear of your life? You would take a seat and have a taste of your most loved sort of cognac, whiskey, or wine to overlook a few memories. Americans who are of legal age considers that having a drink is a preferred way to end a frantic day. Unfortunately, these…...

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