Will Lowering the Drinking Age Stop Teen Deaths from Alcohol? - Page 2

By Hillel Aron 05/06/11

Boozing by college kids is a deadly problem. A group of 135 U.S. college presidents believes that lowering the drinking age may be the solution.

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In other words, it’s a wash.

McCardell dismisses Scribner’s study as mere theory: “He really doesn’t prove anything,” McCardell says. “All he does is speculate and extrapolate based on assumptions.”

Yet there’s one way to curb teenage binge drinking that almost no one is talking about: raising the alcohol tax. A 2007 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that “beer accounted for two thirds of all alcohol consumed by binge drinkers.” And in a 2008 editorial, Donna Kopec of MADD pointed out that “the five states with the highest beer taxes have half the binge drinking of other states.”

Interestingly enough, Candy Lightner left MADD in 1985. She later told the Washington Times that it had “become far more neo-prohibitionist than I had ever wanted or envisioned. I didn't start MADD to deal with alcohol. I started MADD to deal with the issue of drunk driving.”

Hillel Aron is a writer living in Los Angeles, where he was born and raised. His work has appeared in the LA Weekly and the Huffington Post.

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Hillel Aron is a writer living in Los Angeles, where he was born and raised. His work has appeared in the LA Weekly, The Huffington Post, and neontommy.com. You can find Hilel on Linkedin or follow him on Twitter.