In the article, Get real, lower drinking age to 19, by William Cohan from CNN Opinion Cohan talks about how the United States should lower the drinking age to 19. He says that many college students all over the United States laugh at the drinking age and many young adults break the law every week and sometimes daily. The problem at many universities is that many freshman according to a study done by Aaron White says that 40% of college freshman admitted they engaged in binge drinking (drinking five or more drinks in one sitting) while 20% admitted to drinking 10 or more drinks at least once during the last two weeks from when the students took the survey. This is a growing concern because many students happen to drink excessively or pregame before going out and this happens because they can bring or drink alcohol at the event they are attending and because of this many things can happen including damaging ones health and this may cause unsafe actions to these young adults. If the drinking age would be lowered to 19 (so alcohol would stay out of the high schools) I believe people would respect it more along with not abuse it so much. People would not abuse it so much because they would be aloud to drink in moderation compared to drinking heavily then going out.
This article seems to do a good job at presenting statistics he talks about different surveys and brings up dates along with other statistics throughout his article. Although he brings up statistics he tends to go off topic by talking about the University of Duke and other topics. Cohan should also keep the article more professional, and not put phrases like, "guzzling" "needless to say" and "the drinking ago of 21 is a national joke". I feel by him not staying professional throughout the article may have him loss credibility.
Overall I feel like Cohan gets his message across, but not in an effective manner. If Cohan would revise his article, and has a more professional use of language throughout the article, and stays on topic, I feel like the article being on CNN Opinion will give him credibility along with the surveys he uses should be very convincing to the audience.
Do you think that the drinking age should be lowered to 19?
Do you think lowering the drinking age to 19 would help young adults be less likely to abuse alcohol?