Mlda 21 Drinking Laws Essay

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Consequences of Underage Drinking & A Lower MLDA Health Issues • Individuals who start drinking earlier than age 21 are more likely to be a driver in a motor vehicle crash, be injured, and be in a physical fight, according to a recent study. The younger the individual, the more likely he or she will experience these The cost of pain and suffering top a 
 outcomes after drinking.10 • Repeated use of alcohol during adolescence can lead to deficits in cognitive abilities, including learning and memory. • Heavy drinking during adolescence and young adulthood is associated with poor cognitive functioning in young adulthood.11 • Serious chronic diseases involving the liver, heart, and digestive system are associated with heavy alcohol consumption. basis, according to a study from the Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation.14 Mission: To build a safe and healthy Vermont for us all by organizing prevention advocates to work collaboratively on issues of policy, practice and attitude related to substance abuse. Vision: All of Vermont’s communities will be safe and healthy. • These costs will only increase if Vermont’s MLDA is lowered. Maintain the 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) The 21 MLDA law is the most well-studied alcohol policy in the United States, with 40 years of research behind it. What does this research tell us? • Americans under 21 report less excessive drink- • The 2007 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Suring than the same age group in 31 different Euro- vey (YRBS) shows that students drink between pean countries. 40 percent and 65 percent less than they did 14 years ago. • An estimated 17,359 lives have been saved since the implementation of the 21MLDA law, ac- • When people begin drinking later in life, they cording to the National Highway Transportation are less likely to develop alcohol dependence and Safety Agency (NHTSA). abuse problems.
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