UPDATE-THE EFFECTS OF RAISING AND LOWERING THE MIMIMUM DRINKING AGE IN VIRGINIA -- DECEMBER 1984

This report is an update of previous studies evaluating the impact of lowering the legal drinking age for beer to 18 years in 1974; of raising the drinking age for off-premises consumption of beer to 19 years in 1981; and of raising the age for on-premises sales to 19 years in 1983. The report indicates that lowering the legal drinking age resulted in increasingly serious accident problems for persons under 21 years of age. The impact of minimally raising the drinking age to 19 is not so clear-cut. Alcohol-related accident rates declined significantly for the affected age group. However, non-alcohol-related crash rates were also reduced for persons 19 and under and both alcohol-related and non-alcohol-related accidents were reduced for adults. Continued investigation is recommended.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Virginia Highway and Transportation Research Council

    Charlottesville, VA  United States 

    Virginia Transportation Safety Administration

    Division of Motor Vehicles
    Richmond, VA  United States  23269
  • Authors:
    • Lynn, C W
  • Publication Date: 1984-12

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  • Pagination: n.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00393954
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VHTRC 85-R20 Update
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM