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Youth drinking and driving: one effective countermeasure

In: American Association for the Advancement of Science, 149th national meeting, 26-31 May 1983, Detroit, Mich.

Authors: Alexander C. Wagenaar

This paper focuses on the effectiveness of minimum age laws in reducing young people's involvement in alcohol-related automobile crashes. Sales of alcoholic beverages in several states were also analyzed. In conclusion, the research results clearly demonstrated the efficacy of higher minimum legal drinking ages in reducing alcohol-related automobile crashes among young drivers. More importantly, the results demonstrated that a "supply side" approach, involving government regulation of the marketing and distribution of alcoholic beverages, can significantly reduce the massive social costs associated with the use of alcoholic beverages.