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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Biography

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

“Although some have suggested that lowering the drinking age would lead to more responsible alcohol consumption among young people, the preponderance of research indicates that the legal drinking age of 21 has had positive effects on health and safety.”

“Research Findings on Underage Drinking and the Minimum Legal Drinking Age,” (accessed Oct. 21, 2010)


NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems by conducting and supporting research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, health risks and benefits of alcohol consumption, prevention, and treatment; coordinating and collaborating with other research institutes and Federal Programs on alcohol-related issues; collaborating with international, national, state, and local institutions, organizations, agencies, and programs engaged in alcohol-related work; and translating and disseminating research findings to health care providers, researchers, policymakers, and the public”

“Mission Statement,” (accessed Oct. 21, 2010)


“To support and promote the best science on alcohol and health for the benefit of all by increasing the understanding of normal and abnormal biological functions and behavior relating to alcohol use; improving the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol use disorders; and enhancing quality health care.”

“Vision Statement,” (accessed Oct. 21, 2010)

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