Regents Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota
Con to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
"One of the most successful interventions has been the adoption of age 21 as the legal drinking age... The National Highway Traffic Administration estimates that a legal drinking age of 21 has prevented greater than 21,000 deaths since 1976. Furthermore, zero-tolerance laws, which make it illegal for drivers less than 21 years of age to drive after any drinking, have been associated with approximately 20% decreases in alcohol-related crashes and DWIs."
Cowritten with S. Brown, J. Maggs, J. Schulenberg, S. Swartzwelder, R. Hingson, et al,"A Developmental Perspective on Alcohol and Youths 16 to 20 Years of Age," Pediatrics, Apr. 12, 2008
Experts 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:
Regents Professor, Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1992-present
Member, Institute of Human Genetics, University of Minnesota, 1987-present
President, Behavior Genetics Association, 2002
Chair, Program Committee for Behavior Genetics Association Annual Meeting, 2001
Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1999-2001
Member, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism National Advisory Committee, 1997-2001