Drinking Age - Research Article from Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco

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Car Crashes and Other Consequences

The legal drinking age became a major issue because of the serious consequences of drinking by young people. Many teenagers drink, and almost a third regularly get drunk. Youth drinking results in a great deal of damage. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, and one-third to one-half of the crashes involve alcohol. Alcohol plays a role in 25 to 75 percent of the other leading causes of disability and death among youth, such as suicide, homicide, assault, drowning, and recreational injury.

According to this study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, alcohol use by high-school seniors, as recorded in the past thirty days, was on a slight decline in the late 1990s. According to this study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, alcohol use by high-school seniors, as recorded in the past thirty days, was on a slight decline in the late 1990s.

Injuries are only part of the problem. Early use of alcohol appears to affect many aspects of a person's development—physical, social, and mental. Alcohol use increases...


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