Sunday, January 07, 2007

I'll Drink To That

Good idea:

A DRUGS and alcohol expert says road deaths could be reduced in Queensland if the legal drinking age went back to 21.
The idea is backed by evidence of it having worked elsewhere:

Professor Wayne Hall of the University of Queensland, who has researched the effects of drinking on young people, said that where the legal drinking age in the US was raised to 21 in the 1980s, road fatalities fell... His call is supported by the Australian Medical Association and Drug Free Australia. Drug Free Australia spokeswoman Wendy Herbert said raising the drinking age back up to 21 in the US reduced traffic fatalities in 18 to 20-year-olds by 13 per cent.
-- Nick

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