NIAAA Founder in The Huffington Post: 21 Doesn’t Work

Dr. Morris Chafetz, the founder of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and a member of President Reagan’s Presidential Commission on Drunk Driving, published an op-ed piece in The Huffington Post titled “The 21 Year-Old Drinking Age: I Voted for It; It Doesn’t Work.”  In his op-ed, he offered unequivocal support for a reconsideration of Legal Age 21. Dr. Chafetz initially supported the Presidential Commission’s recommendation for 21 as a result of his desire for consensus, but since the 1980s, he has come to realize that “prohibition does not work. It has never worked. It is not working among 18-20 year-olds now.” He called his vote to support Legal Age 21 “the single most regrettable decision” of his entire professional career.

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One Response to “NIAAA Founder in The Huffington Post: 21 Doesn’t Work”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. It’s good that Dr. Morris Chafetz has realized from a mistake that has affected many university students because of binge drinking. He’s correct that the drinking age must be lowered. A consensus might lower conflict, but the correct solution lies in debate. Science has been altered to work in favor of an ageist drinking age but with a drinking age at 18 and an alcohol education program, there will be significant success.