ERIC Number: EJ914459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Heavy Drinking on College Campuses: No Reason to Change Minimum Legal Drinking Age of 21
Saylor, Drew K.
Journal of American College Health, v59 n4 p330-333 Jan 2011
The recent Amethyst Initiative argues that a minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) of 21 has created a culture of heavy alcohol use on college campuses by making drinking clandestine and extreme. This group and others argue that lowering the MLDA will reduce the problem of "binge drinking" on college campuses. However, such a policy change would remove one of the most researched and supported policies in the nation's alcohol control arsenal. There is little evidence that other interventions or policies are capable of working on the same broad level as MLDA 21, and there could also be a deleterious ripple effect in related legislation because MLDA 21 works in conjunction with other drinking laws. In addition, historic and international experiences with a lowered MLDA indicate there are serious social and public health consequences. Instead of removing efficacious interventions, we must remain committed to implementing and enforcing evidence-based practices and legislation.
Descriptors: Campuses, Drinking, Alcohol Abuse, Laws, Public Policy, Intervention, Cross Cultural Studies, Public Health, Social Problems, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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