Argument: Lowering the drinking age increases use and problems

Issue Report: Lowering US drinking age from 21 to 18


Robert Voas. “There’s no benefit to lowering the drinking age”. Christian Science Monitor. January 12, 2006 – Recently, New Zealand lowered its drinking age, which gave researchers a good opportunity to study the impact. The result was predictable: The rate of alcohol-related crashes among young people rose significantly compared to older drivers.

I’ve been studying drinking and driving for nearly 40 years and have been involved in public health and behavioral health for 53 years. Believe me when I say that lowering the drinking age would be very dangerous; it would benefit no one except those who profit from alcohol sales.”