Last updated on: 9/1/2017 12:25:57 PM PST | Author: ProCon.org

Centers For Disease Control Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
Reasoning:

“A Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) of 21 saves lives and protects health… States that increased the legal drinking age to 21 saw a 16% median decline in motor vehicle crashes…

After all states adopted an age 21 MLDA, drinking during the previous month among persons aged 18 to 20 years declined from 59% in 1985 to 40% in 1991…

There is also evidence that the age 21 MLDA protects drinkers from alcohol and other drug dependence, adverse birth outcomes, and suicide and homicide.”

“Fact Sheets – Age 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age,” cdc.gov, Mar. 31, 2017

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“CDC keeps America secure by controlling disease outbreaks; making sure food and water are safe; helping people to avoid leading causes of death such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes; and working globally to reduce threats to the nation’s health.

When a national health security threat appears, we may not know right away why or how many people are affected, but we have world-class expertise to find out what is making people sick or die and what to do about it.”

“CDC At-A-Glance,” cdc.gov (accessed Sep. 1, 2017)

Mission:

“CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.”

“Mission, Role and Pledge,” cdc.gov (accessed Sep. 1, 2017)

Other:
Government agency
Contact Info:
Phone
800-232-4636
Email
Online Contact Form
Website
cdc.gov
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Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age? – Pro & Con Quotes