Kansas City Star Op-Ed: 21 Doesn’t Work

Freelance journalist Pablo Andreu has an op-ed in the Kansas City Star today, arguing that the 21 year old drinking age is contributing to a dangerous culture of binge drinking on and off campus. Andreu wrote about Kansas University first-year Jason Wren, who died from alcohol poisoning after a night of hard drinking in March, and then offered his take on steps to prevent similar tragedies from occurring:

Lowering the drinking age to 18 is not a cure-all, but it’s a good start. Just as drunken driving is part of the broader issue of irresponsible drinking, binge drinking is part of the broader issue of binge culture. America is a country that oscillates between ascetic self-deprivation and extravagant excess… The solution is long term and difficult to assess: Lead America’s youth by example. Let’s drink moderately, eat moderately and live moderately.

Here at [CR] we’re working to broaden the public debate to address all the dangers of excessive alcohol use among young people, not just those that happen on the road. In Kansas, and many other states, legal age 21 remains an obstacle to tackling binge drinking head-on.

Have you tried writing your own letter to the editor? Did you publish something in your local paper on this issue? Let us know in the comments.

2 Responses to “Kansas City Star Op-Ed: 21 Doesn’t Work”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. In addition, Pablo Andreu is correct in that the current ageist drinking is the main contributor to alcohol abuse in universities. It’s unfortunate that those aged 18-20 died because of alcohol abuse, thus the drinking age must be lowered to 18 with the program. It’s not just the road where alcohol abuse poses a danger, but also universities, and is why Choose Responsibility’s solution for this issue is the most correct.

  2. Odette Celibataire Endurici Says:

    “Moderate” is a word that needs to be taught by the family, since day 1. America has still a long way to go until the every day life becomes “moderate” in any way.
    To the topic of drinking: lowering the drinking age to 18 is a good idea. I always wondered why do yoy allow your kinds to drive at 16 but drink only 5 years later. If they are responsible enough to drive, they sure can decide whether it is right or wrong to drink!