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Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Biography

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

“Adolescents and young adults are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of alcohol. Alcohol affects the development of the brain, which continues to form and mature throughout adolescence. Young people also have a propensity to combine high-risk drinking with other high-risk activities, increasing the potential for accidental injury both to themselves and to others. The harmful effects of alcohol on young people raises questions about the adequacy of current policies in appropriately curbing access to and use of alcohol by youth…

When New Zealand reduced its minimum purchase age for alcohol from 20 to 18 in 1997, there was a 12 per cent increase in the rate of traffic crashes and injuries for 18–19 year-old males, and a 14 per cent increase among 15–17 year-old males. Accident rates among young female drivers rose 51 per cent for 18–19 year olds and 24 per cent for 15–17 year olds. There was also a significant increase in hospital presentations of intoxicated people under 20…

Studies conducted around the world support the New Zealand experience outlined above regarding changes to the minimum purchase age for alcohol. A review of the empirical research from 1960 to 2000 shows that almost 60 per cent of high-quality studies undertaken concluded that a higher minimum purchase age for alcohol was associated with reduced road traffic accidents. None found the opposite. This well-documented relationship strongly implies that increasing the minimum purchase age for alcohol can potentially save lives by reducing the incidence of road traffic accidents among young drivers, not to mention the long-term impact of serious injury.”

Cowritten with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, “The Royal Australasian College of Physicians and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Alcohol Policy,”, Mar. 2016

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“The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is responsible for training, educating and representing psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand.

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who are specialists in the treatment of mental illness.

The RANZCP is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) to deliver specialist medical education and training, and professional development programs…

The College’s history dates back to 1946, when the Australasian Association of Psychiatrists was formed. In 1963, the association became the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and ‘Royal’ was added to the name in 1978.”

“About the College,” (accessed Aug. 24, 2017)


“The College’s vision is To enhance the mental health of our nations through leadership in high-quality psychiatric care. We believe in genuine engagement with people with mental illness and their carers and families. Their needs, perspectives, concerns and values influence College decisions at all levels.”

“About the College,” (accessed Aug. 24, 2017)

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