Last updated on: 11/5/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Biography

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

“The minimum age for initiation is based on the specific behaviors involved and must take into account the dangers and benefits of that behavior at a given age. The age 21 policy for alcohol takes into account the fact that underage drinking is related to numerous serious health problems, including injuries and death resulting from car crashes, suicide, homicide, assault, drowning, and recreational injuries.”

“How to Reduce High-Risk College Drinking,” collegedrinkingprevention.gov, Apr. 2002

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
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Description:

“The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.”

“HHS, What We Do,” hhs.gov (accessed Oct. 21, 2010)

Mission:

“To enhance the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services, and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services.”

“HHS Annual Plan: FY 2007,” hhs.gov, 2007

Other:
Federal government agency
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?