LETTERS: by Arnold JagoNews Weekly
Drinking age (letter)
, November 2, 2002
In 1999, New Zealand lowered the legal drinking age from 20 to 18 years. Since then binge drinking, alcohol-related crime and youth hospitalisations after motor crashes have all increased.
NZ's Health Minister, James Anderton, is considering raising the legal age to 20 again.
The United States has been through much the same - many states have re-increased drinking ages. After the limit was raised from 18 to 20 in Massachusetts, single-vehicle and night-time crashes involving 18 and 19 year olds fell by over 20 per cent.
One advantage of increased limits is that young teenagers who can present themselves as being 18 have trouble convincing liquor outlets that they're 20.
Do Australia's disintegrating, drink-saturated, sozzled teenagers need similar tighter restrictions to protect them from themselves?Arnold Jago,