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You are aware, of course, that a bill to increase the legal drinking age from
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The evidence is over heming in even which raised their drinking age. In eight of casc liere a state has raised its drinking the nine states, the reduktion in night age from 18 to 1 That's not surprising time fatal crashes ranged from percent But the new cildenur wows that if 20- to 75 percent. The study showed that a year ilds were not able to acquire al vhol state can expect an average 's per entre is easily fewer people would die on the dulton in nighttime fatal crashes among highway
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olds would vote for such a law by a ratio of According to Fred Zwonechek, director 3-10-2. It does make sense
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Position Paper on 21-Year-Drinking Age
A DRINKING PROBLEM, A LEARNING PROBLEM Understandably, a large part of the debate on the drinking age focuses on the clear statistics dealing with highway safety. There is physical evidence (a collision) of disaster, and a medical test can determine the presence of alcohol. The annual traffic fatalities can then show that twice as many young pe op le below the age of 21 die in car accidents than of cancer, diabetes or the other serious medical problems we hear about every day.
It is slightly more difficult to obtain "hard" statistics on alcohol abuse by underage students. Unless the student has an extremely serious run-in with a school's administrators or the law, their unusual behavior and poor performance in school due to drinking aren't included in alcohol statistics.
There has been some research on the role alcohol is playing in our education system, and it is outright frightening.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates that 3.3 million teenagers -- about one in five -are problem drinkers who lose control at least once a week. These figures seemed unreal, so I contacted New Jersey officials for their analysis.
In New Jersey, our health officials have estimated that over 46,000 teenagers are alcoholics more than twice the number of five years ago and that a majority of them began drinking in eighth grade at 13 or 14 years of age.
The New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, in its recent report, Drug and Alcohol Use Among New Jersey High School Students, found that nine in every ten high school students have used alcohol at some time in their lives. of the students surveyed,