Navigation Links
Lower drinking ages lead to more binge drinking
Date:2/6/2013

AUDIO: In the 1970s and early 1980s, some states lower their minimum legal drinking age below the age of 21. Those lower drinking ages have been linked to bad things, from...

Click here for more information.

People who grew up in states where it was legal to drink alcohol before age 21 are more likely to be binge drinkers later in life, according to a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

The findings are available online in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

The researchers tracked the long-term drinking behavior of more than 39,000 people who began consuming alcohol in the 1970s, when some states had legal drinking ages as low as 18.

"It wasn't just that lower minimum drinking ages had a negative impact on people when they were young," explains first author Andrew D. Plunk, PhD, a post-doctoral research fellow in psychiatry. "Even decades later, the ability to legally purchase alcohol before age 21 was associated with more frequent binge drinking."

The study shows that people who lived in states with lower minimum drinking ages weren't more likely to consume more alcohol overall or to drink more frequently than those from states where the drinking age was 21, but when they did drink, they were more likely to drink heavily.

The effect was most pronounced among men who did not attend college. And the researchers say the findings should be a warning to those who advocate lowering the minimum drinking age.

"Binge drinking on college campuses is a very serious problem," Plunk says. "But it's also important not to completely forget about young people who aren't on college campuses. In our study, they had the greatest risk of suffering the long-term consequences linked to lower drinking ages."

Plunk and his colleagues found that even decades later, men who grew up in states with a legal drinking age lower than 21 were 19 percent more likely to binge drink more than once per month. Among those who didn't go to college, the odds of binging more than once a month increased by 31 percent.

Through surveys conducted in the early 1990s and again in the early 2000s, the researchers tracked the average daily alcohol intake, overall drinking frequency and the frequency of binge episodes defined as five or more drinks during a single period of drinking for a man or four-plus drinks for a woman. They also looked at how often a person drank but did not binge, which is thought to be a less harmful drinking pattern.

"There's a difference between tracking average daily consumption of alcohol and measuring drinking patterns," explains senior author Richard A. Grucza, PhD, an associate professor of psychiatry. "Merely tracking average daily consumption can hide harmful drinking patterns. Averaging one drink per day doesn't sound like much, but if that same person has all their drinks for the week in one sitting, well that's a potential problem."

Due to concerns about binge drinking on college campuses, some policymakers think that lowering the drinking age may encourage college students to moderate their alcohol use.

"The 'take away message' is that we need to consider all of the potential consequences of changing the drinking age," Plunk explains. "We shouldn't be too narrow in our focus when we think about how young people are affected by these laws. This study shows there's a large population that benefitted from a higher legal drinking age. Laws apply to everyone, but if they are based only on the impact on one group like college students, we may end up forgetting about how those laws affect other people."


'/>"/>

Contact: Jim Dryden
jdryden@wustl.edu
314-286-0110
Washington University School of Medicine
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Too Much TV Tied to Lower Sperm Count in Young Men
2. Sunshine Linked to Lower Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk: Study
3. Patient Involvement Lowers Health Costs, Study Says
4. Plastic Surgery Practice Gets Boost from Lower Eyelid Surgery Webinar
5. Higher Fruit, Veggie Intake Tied to Lower Risk of a Tough-to-Treat Breast Cancer
6. Study Links Epilepsy Drug in Pregnancy to Lower IQ
7. Too Much Sitting May Lower Odds of Surviving Colon Cancer
8. Corporate Whistle Blower Center Urges ER Physicians Or Hospital Staff To Turn In Hospitals Admitting Patients For Medicare Fraud For Huge Whistleblower Rewards
9. A Bouquet of Health! 5 Super Flowers to Explore in 2013
10. New research finds slower growth of preterm infants linked to altered brain development
11. FDA: Lower Ambiens Dose to Prevent Drowsy Driving
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Lower drinking ages lead to more binge drinking
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... Sideline Products participated in the World Horse Expo ... Tom Seay and his production crew. Tom Seay’s program “Best of America by ... Saddle Sidekicks will be featured on April 6, 2017. After the broadcast, the ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... The first-ever ... as organizations, advocates, and individuals join together to increase recognition about the risks ... save lives. , “Today we mark a nationwide movement to raise awareness about ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... Becker’s Spine Review, the leading ... Michigan neurosurgeon Jay Jagannathan, M.D., as a “Spine Surgeon to Know.” http://www.beckersspine.com/spine-leaders/item/35348- ... in Michigan performing minimally invasive back surgery that often results in less post-operative ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... NJ (PRWEB) , ... February 22, 2017 , ... ... healthcare communications company, launched a new media platform connecting healthcare technology professionals and ... will be followed by a quarterly publication starting on March 1, announced Michael ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... Super-Sod will attend the Athens Home Show ... Georgia. , A shift from Super-Sod’s simple Athens Home Show booth of 2016, this ... grass seed plant manager Chris Roquemore constructed furniture from recycled pallet wood at the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/22/2017)... Conn. , Feb. 22, 2017   Protein ... maker of Flublok® Influenza Vaccine , announced today ... Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction (PIVI) and the Mongolian ... devastating impacts of the flu.  The doses of Flublok ... Mongolia for health care workers, ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... PUNE, India , February 22, 2017 ... Market Research, titled, "Radiology Information System Market by Type, Component, ... Forecast, 2014-2022," the radiology information system market was valued at ... million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 5.9% from ... over three-fifths share of the total market in 2015. ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... 22, 2017  Based on its recent analysis ... Sullivan recognizes SnooZeal, Inc. with the 2017 European ... innovative product that intelligently addresses the root causes ... through the clinically proven continuous transmucosal electrical stimulation ... is one of the most accessible anti-snoring products ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: