Wednesday, February 16, 2011

21 is the legal drinking age for a few good reasons (Staten Island, NY) February 15, 2011

"The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan each year conducts and reports on a national study of youth in grades eight, 10 and 12, in order to learn more about drug, alcohol and tobacco use by young people.
Published as the Monitoring the Future surveys, the statistics that are reported annually are widely respected as providing some of the best current trends among our youth in terms of their use of illicit drugs as well as alcohol.
One of the numbers that stood out for me in reviewing the most recent Monitoring the Future survey results is the one that says that 15 percent of eighth-grade students reported they had drunk alcohol in the past 30 days. And that number is nearly tripled (44 percent) for 12th-grade students.
The significance of these numbers is related to what the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has reported about early alcohol use. Based on research with a random sample of 43,000 U.S. adults, the NIAAA found those people who began drinking in their early teens were at greater risk of developing alcohol problems in later life." Read More

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