Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota
Con to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
"Compared with a wide range of other programs and efforts to reduce drinking among teenagers, increasing the legal age for purchase and consumption of alcohol to 21 appears to have been the most successful effort to date. The magnitude of effects of the age-21 policy may appear small, particularly in studies using weak research designs and having low levels of statistical power. However, even modest effects applied to the entire population of youth result in very large societal benefits... [T]he large proportion of MLDA (minimum legal drinking age) studies that found a significant inverse relationship with various outcomes gives strong support for the effectiveness of the MLDA."
Cowritten with Alexander C. Wagenaar, PhD, "Effects of Minimum Drinking Age Laws: Review and Analyses of the Literature from 1960 to 2000," Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 2002
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:
Member, National Alcoholic Beverage Control Public Health Advisory Committee, 2008-present
Chair, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Underage Drinking Committee, 2007-present
Member, Coordination Team of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guide to Community Preventive Services Alcohol Initiative, 2005-Present
Member, MADD Board of Directors, 2004-present
Professor, Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 1999-present
Chair, MADD Program Committee, 2005-2007
Member, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Evidence Based Workgroup, 2005-2006
Member, Governing Council, American Public Health Association, 1998, 2000-2001, 2004-2005
Member, Higher Center for Alcohol and Drug Prevention Advisory Board, 2002-2005
Member, Scientific and Policy Advisory Board, Prevention File: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs, 2002-2004
Member, Section Council, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs, Amercian Public Health Association, 2000-2001
PhD, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 1994
MPH, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 1991
BA, Psychology and Physiology, University of Minnesota, 1989