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FEB 11, 2013 - Futurity

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Lower legal age may lead to adult binge drinking

WASHINGTON U. – ST. LOUIS (US) — People who came of age in a state where the legal drinking age was under 21 may have a higher risk of binge drinking through adulthood. 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, a postdoctoral research fellow in psychiatry at Washington University School of ... Read More

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