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No, Lowering the Drinking Age Would Not Improve Behavior

I’ve argued before that, while I support lowering the drinking age on libertarian grounds, it probably wouldn’t improve behavior on campuses. More evidence:

A new study of more than 1,200 students who answered questions throughout four years at a mid-Atlantic university found that among those at age 20, 20 percent drove while intoxicated, and that 43 percent had been passengers in a car driven by someone who was intoxicated. The odds for either behavior were greater for male students, and went up at age 21. The latter finding, the paper says, could be an argument against the move to lower the drinking age.

We need to lower the drinking age to 18, and drastically raise the penalties for drunk driving.


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