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BU Study on Minimum Drinking Age Makes Strong Case for Existing Laws

A comprehensive review of the 1984 National Minimum Drinking Age Act led by Dr. William DeJong, professor of community health sciences at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), provides strong evidence that the law is saving lives. In a report titled “Case Closed: Research Evidence on the Positive Public Health Impact of the Age 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age in the United States”, published in a special supplement to the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Dr. DeJong and a colleague found that studies done since 2006 – when the debate over age-21 laws flared up – have continued to demonstrate that the mandates work.