Persuasive Essay On Lowering The Drinking Age

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At the age of eighteen, teens are allowed to enlist in the military, virtually putting their life on the line to defend our country. With this great responsibility, another questions continues to rise; if eighteen year olds are mature enough to sacrifice their lives for the country, shouldn’t they also be mature enough to drink at the age of 18? Michael Gonchar, an author of Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered? from the New York Times, wrote an objective article looking at both pros and cons of lowering the legal drinking age. On the other hand, John McCardell wrote an article in support of lowering the legal drinking age to eighteen. To persuade the audience, both authors use numerous rhetorical techniques. Despite contrasting views, Gonchar and McCardell build logical reasoning and persuasion by appealing to pathos, using statistics, and strong organization to give credibility to their piece. McCardell, who supports lowering the legal drinking age, appeals to pathos when discussing the reasoning between raising the drinking age. “Where is this behavior, known as binge drinking, taking place? And why? It is not taking place in public places, for the law has effectively banished alcohol consumption from those venues. It is occurring in clandestine places-locked off dorm rooms, off- campus apartments, farmer’s fields, behind closed doors, underground, just as in the days of the prohibition.” The questions he asked directly targets parents. The following quote that

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