Last updated on: 10/7/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Morris E. Chafetz, MD Biography

Title:
Founder of the National Institute for Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA)
Position:
Now Pro to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
Reasoning:

“But so long as the drinking age remains a one-size-fits-all, federally-mandated 21, and so long as any state that may want to try something different, in hopes of reversing the dismal trend of binge-drinking that has become more serious in the years since the drinking age was raised, forfeits 10% of its federal highway funds, nothing is likely to change for the better.”

“The 21-Year-Old Drinking Age: I Voted For It, It Doesn’t Work,” Huffington Post, Aug. 18, 2009

Prior to his Pro position, Dr. Chafetz was Con to the question “Should the drinking age be lowered from 21 to a younger age?” as indicated by his Aug. 18, 2009 statement from his Huffington Post article “The 21-Year-Old Drinking Age: I Voted For It, It Doesn’t Work,”:

“In 1982 I accepted appointment to the Presidential Commission on Drunk Driving and agreed to chair its Education and Prevention Committee. The Commission met over the next 18 months and ultimately advanced 39 recommendations to President Reagan, in December 1983…

The most conspicuous of those recommendations, and arguably the most controversial, called for raising the minimum legal drinking age to 21 nationwide. I will admit to having had serious reservations about this particular proposal. But in the interest of maintaining unanimity, I reluctantly voted yes.

It is the single most regrettable decision of my entire professional career.”

Huffington Post article “The 21-Year-Old Drinking Age: I Voted For It, It Doesn’t Work,”

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the minimum legal drinking age. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the minimum legal drinking age.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder, National Institute for Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse
  • Founder, Health Education Foundation
  • Member, Safety and Health Hall of Fame International, 1995
  • Member, Presidential Commission on Drunk Driving, 1982-1983
  • Chairman, Education and Prevention Committee, Presidential Commission on Drunk Driving, 1982-1983
  • Appointee, The White House Conference for a Drug-Free America
  • Chief of the Alcohol Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1954-1970
  • Staff, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1952-1954
  • Research Fellow, Neurophysiology, Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia, Mexico City, 1952
  • Resident, Psychiatry, Rhode Island State Hospital
  • Intern, US Marine Hospital, 1948
Education:
  • MD, Tufts University, 1948
Other:
  • None found
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?