Sunday, January 7, 2007


Make 21 the legal drinking age, says expert

`A drugs and alcohol expert says road deaths could be reduced in Queensland if the legal drinking age went back to 21.

The legal drinking age was lowered in 1974 from 21 to 18.

Professor Wayne Hall of the University of Queensland, who has researched the effects of drinking on young people, said that where the legal drinking age in the US was raised to 21 in the 1980s, road fatalities fell.

“I think it’s a possibility that we should seriously consider and one we should be debating,” he said.’

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