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16 November 2011

Higher drinking age may help women

Entering adulthood in a place and time where the legal drinking age is 18, not 21, seems to put women at a long-term higher risk for homicide and suicide, a new study finds.

Entering adulthood in a place and time where the legal drinking age is 18, not 21, seems to put women, but not men, at a long-term higher risk for homicide and suicide, a new study finds.

In the study, the researchers tracked the histories of Americans who came of age prior to the full implementation of a 1984 federal law establishing 21 as the national drinking age - in other words, people who turned 18 sometime between 1967 and 1989. This was a period when the legal age for drinking still varied widely between states.

 
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