The Effects of Raising and Lowering the Minimum Legal Drinking Age, January 1983: Update

Report No: 83-R25

Published in 1983

About the report:

This paper is designed to update the report, "The Impact of Lowering the Legal Drinking Age in Virginia". It gives the current drinking ages in the various states, describes several studies on the impact of raising the legal drinking age, and reexamines the most current Virginia accident data for young persons. The analyses performed in this update support the conclusions presented in the original report. Lowering the legal drinking age has resulted in increasingly serious accident problems for persons 20 years old and younger. The recommendation made in the original report, that the drinking age be incrementally raised to 21 for
all alcoholic beverages, still stands.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Cheryl W. Lynn

Last updated: January 18, 2024

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