Must-Know Drinking Age Debate Statistics [Current Data]

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"Approximately 50% of American adults are in favor of lowering the national drinking age to 18."

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"When the United States raised the legal drinking age to 21, alcohol-related traffic fatalities decreased by 58%."

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"In the U.S., 9 out of 10 individuals experiencing alcohol use disorder started drinking before they were 18 years old."

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"About 17.8% of U.S. 18-20 year olds reported consuming alcohol in the past 30 days."

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"In 2013, 6% of global deaths (3.3 million people) were attributable to alcohol consumption."

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"European countries with a lower drinking age generally have higher alcohol consumption rates among adolescents."

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"There is a 12% decrease in binge drinking among college students aged 18-20 in states with the legal drinking age of 21."

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"In 2017, 1.3% of 12- to 13-year-olds in the U.S. reported drinking alcohol in the past month."

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"The U.S. economy loses an estimated $27 billion per year due to underage drinking."

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"In the U.S., young people aged 12-20 consume 11% of all alcohol purchased."

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"Canadian youth aged 15-19 experienced an annual average of 1,571 alcohol-attributable hospitalizations between 2013 and 2018."

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"Australia experiences almost a 50% reduction in alcohol-related hospitalizations among youths as the drinking age increased from 15 to 20."

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"In the U.S., 33% of 8th graders have tried alcohol at least once in their life."

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"7.1% of all global deaths among individuals aged 15-49 are related to alcohol consumption."

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"About 28% of traffic accident fatalities involving drivers aged 15-20 were alcohol-related in the United States."

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