The Magic of 21: Significance of Age 21 as Legal Drinking Age

  • The risk of developing alcohol related problems decreases by 70% if drinking is delayed until age 21
  • Every year youth delay using alcohol, the odds of lifelong alcohol dependence decrease by 15%
  • A person’s brain isn’t fully developed until age 21 and the last part of the brain to develop controls planning, impulse control and decision making.
  • In the 1980’s the move to increase the drinking age to 21 began so lives would be saved ~~Teen fatal car crashes decreased by 28% in some states