Report to Congress on Underage Drinking

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report to Congress on underage drinking indicates that current alcohol laws treat adults age 18, 19 and 20 as children.

The Academy stresses that it is difficult to explain convincingly to anyone why alcohol is acceptable to those who have celebrated their 21st birthday but is not acceptable for those who haven‘t,

The NAS also explains that the problem is exacerbated because the age of majority is higher for alcohol than it is for any other right or privilege defined by adulthood.”

 

Reference:

  • National Academy of Sciences and National Institute of Medicine. Reducing Underage Drinking - A collective Responsibility. Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences and National Institute of Medicine, 2003.

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