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Legal minimum drinking age changes in the United States: 1970-1981

In: Alcohol Health and Research World, Vol. 6, No. 2, Winter 1981/82, p. 21-26

Authors: Alexander C. Wagenaar

This report presents the results of an investigation to obtain accurate information on drinking age changes directly from each of the 50 States and the District of Columbia regarding (1) which States have changed their minimum drinking age, (2) when the legal changes were implemented, and (3) the age groups and types of alcoholic beverages affected by the changes. The accuracy of such information is viewed as important for making reasonable and informal decisions on important public policy issues.