In today’s Crikey bulletin, Dr Alex Wodak weighs into the discussion, following recent Prime Ministerial interest in the notion of raising the legal drinking age to 21. Rudd said he would consider such a policy if there was evidence to show it works.
Wodak, however, says that raising the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 would be “a poorly targeted prohibition with the likelihood of significant levels of non-compliance and consequently (possibly severe) unintended negative consequences”. There would also be political and ethical problems, he adds.
Further, he told Croakey that: “Australia has done exceptionally well on reducing road crash deaths in recent decades, whether measured in absolute terms, or – as it should be – population adjusted or – better still – divided by distance travelled.”
Would be interested to hear what other Croakey contributors think about raising the legal drinking age? There may be other potential benefits to consider, apart from road safety. Or maybe not?