Highest Binge Drinking in 21-25 year-olds

A Center for Disease Control and Prevention study, which took place from 1993-2001, found that twenty-one to 25 year-olds have the highest rates of binge drinking. Eighteen to 20 year-olds have the second highest rates. . . further evidence that the 21 year-old drinking age exacerbates abusive drinking, if nominally reducing overall consumption.

3 Responses to “Highest Binge Drinking in 21-25 year-olds”

  1. James Says:

    Where would you expect to find the highest binge drinking rates? Amongst the senior citizens? What’s next? Being alarmed that the highest rates of video game players are aged 12 – 18?

  2. Drinking at Eighteen: Is It a Social “Right?” « Informed Dissent Says:

    […] to be irresponsible when drinking, not just those under 21. Can we also attribute the fact that binge-drinking is a large problem among 21-25 year olds to the legal drinking age of 21? It is not a fair argument to say that the current drinking age […]

  3. Marshall Guthrie Says:

    I think the point is that not only is it possible that “legal age 21” is contributing to a culture of drinking to dangerous excess amongst those that aren’t even allowed the right, by law, to drink in the first place (18-21 year-olds), but that these unhealthy habits are carried beyond the point that they are legally allowed to drink (21+).

    You could extract the argument from this post that if education and laws were focused more on moderate, less risky, or even potentially healthy (if you buy the red-wine studies) drinking behavior amongst 18-20 year-olds, that they may carry these lessons of moderation and concerned drinking forward into their mid 20s. Instead, the lesson being carried forward under “legal age 21” is one that is learned from a culture of clandestine drinking, that alcohol is meant to be abused because it is illegal and culturally unacceptable for 18-20 year-olds, and if you manage to get your hands on it, you’d better drink as much as you can as fast as you can.