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Study Examines Legal Drinking Age

Posted in Underage Drinking

The idea of lowering the legal drinking limit has long been touted by advocates as a sure-fire method for change. According to a new study investigating the impact of such laws has supported their stance – it does bring about change in terms of a larger number of teen suicides and traffic fatalities.

A recent Medical News Today report explored the study of MLDA laws and how they affect drinking behaviors. Completed at the Washington University School of Medicine, the study showed that drinking laws have been extremely effective in the reduction of problems related to alcohol.

Keeping the legal drinking age at 21 has shown to reduce the traffic fatalities and alcohol consumption for those under the legal age. Given that alcohol continues to be the leading substance for abuse among youth in the U.S., granting additional access to this segment of the population is sure to only contribute to the problems.

Individuals in this demographic tend to engage in binge drinking more frequently, which means they are consuming as much as six drinks per occasion. What’s worse, these occasions are happening as often as five times per month. Those taking part are more likely to engage in behaviors that put themselves and others at risk.

Such behaviors can include getting behind the wheel of a car or in a car with another inebriated driver behind the wheel, unplanned sex, carrying weapons, ignoring safety belts and other safe rules of the road, engaging in physical fights and even suicide attempts. Binge drinking has also been linked to poor academic performance in numerous studies.