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This Month in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
July 6, 2009

This Month in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(7):597. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.113

Many college presidents in the United States are urging lawmakers to lower the minimum legal drinking age from 21 years. While this may obviate some of the problems college administrators encounter because of their students' underage drinking, the adverse consequences to youth would likely be substantial, as outlined by Hingson. The lower minimum legal drinking age is likely to increase the number of alcohol-related fatalities, especially traffic crashes, and increase other consequences of binge drinking, such as unsafe sexual activity, dating violence, poorer school performance, potential impact on brain development, and greater chance of later alcohol dependence.

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