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Brown Professor pushing to lower the drinking age

Brown Professor pushing to lower the drinking age

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By: Melissa Randall
mrandall@abc6.com

As the minimum legal drinking age turns 30 in the U.S. some people are daring to ask the unpopular question of did we get it right? The legal drinking age is 21, signed into law July 17, 1984, but a local professor from Brown University says that number should be lowered.

Dwight Heath says the younger people start to drink the safer they are. When asked by CNN what he believes should be the minimum drinking age the anthropology professor answered 8 or 6 years old. Health is in no way advocating for teens to get drunk, but is bringing attention to the fact that in other countries the legal drinking age is much lower.

In the report Heath says that he favors a cultural model like in France or Italy where parents serve small amounts of wine with family dinner. Heath argues that when alcohol is banned until the age of 21 it becomes more alluring, which can make teens more rebellious.

But not everyone is on board. Mothers against drunk driving addressed the topic on the organizations website saying MADD "has always, and will continue to support the 21 minimum legal drinking age because it saves lives and prevents injuries.”

The World Health Organization cites the US as one of only a handful of developed countries where the minimum drinking age is over 18.

Information Provided by CNN, MADD.org

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/16/us/legal-drinking-age/

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