Research Findings on Underage Drinking and the Minimum Legal Drinking Age

Source: NIAAA web site (prepared 8/28/08)

The extent and consequences of alcohol consumption by our Nation?s youth are matters of growing concern. Not only do most young people drink alcohol, but they often drink heavily, putting themselves and those around them at risk. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and other Federal agencies continue to conduct and support research on how best to address underage drinking. In addition, adults in communities across the country are wrestling with how to change the culture around underage drinking. Although some have suggested that lowering the drinking age would lead to more responsible alcohol consumption among young people, the preponderance of research indicates that the legal drinking age of 21 has had positive effects on health and safety.

Click here to read the rest of the research findings summary.
Click here to read Pediatrics supplement on underage drinking.
Click here for information on the Amethyst Initiative (the group of university officials that favor lowering legal drinking age to 18)

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