Professor of Health Outcomes and Policy in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida
Con to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
"Compared with a wide range of other programs and efforts to reduce drinking among teenagers, increasing the legal age for purchase and consumption of alcohol to 21 appears to have been the most successful effort to date. The magnitude of effects of the age-21 policy may appear small, particularly in studies using weak research designs and having low levels of statistical power. However, even modest effects applied to the entire population of youth result in very large societal benefits... [T]he large proportion of MLDA (minimum legal drinking age) studies that found a significant inverse relationship with various outcomes gives strong support for the effectiveness of the MLDA."
Cowritten with Traci L. Toomey, PhD, "Effects of Minimum Drinking Age Laws: Review and Analyses of the Literature from 1960 to 2000," Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 2002
Experts Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the minimum legal drinking age; top-level federal government officials significantly involved in the minimum legal drinking age and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor of Health Outcomes and Policy, College of Medicine, University of Florida, 2004-present
Faculty Member, Institute for Child Health Policy, University of Florida, 2004-present
Faculty Member, Graduate Faculty of Epidemiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, 2004-present
Associate Director, Public Health Law Research Program, Temple University
Member, Editorial Board, Prevention Science
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Safety Research
PhD, Health Behavior, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
MSW, Program Evaluation and Research, University of Michigan