Argument: The data on youth drunk driving and deaths is debatable

Issue Report: Lowering US drinking age from 21 to 18


National Youth Rights Association. Under their FAQ it asks “Did raising the drinking age save 20,000 lives?” Answer – No. This is one of the most misguided and over used statistics circulated by the Youth Prohibitionist movement. The truth is, as researchers Peter Asch and David Levy put it, the “minimum legal drinking age is not a significant-or even a perceptible-factor in the fatality experience of all drivers or of young drivers.” In an in-depth and unrefuted study Asch and Levy prove that raising the drinking age merely transferred lost lives from the 18-20 bracket to the 21-24 age group. The problem with the 20,000 lives saved statistic is that it looks only at deaths for people aged 18-20.[1]