The age for drinking should return to 21

The age for drinking should return to 21

I have strong opinions on this based on my 26 years of non-drinking, the research showing what alcohol does to young undeveloped minds and the damage alcohol does to society in general.  Often the worst hit (literally) by alcohol, is children.  Many never recover and we then have to deal with the fallout as they become adults and perpetuate the cycle.  However a full blog on that is for another day and I have an entire chapter in my upcoming book that summarizes up my research, study and arguments on this highly emotional topic.  I voted against raising the age from 18 to 20 in 1999.  It was a dumb decision then and still is today.  It has bought nothing positive at all.  All that it has created has been 14 and 16-year-old problem drinkers creating lifetime problems for themselves and us via the effect they have in society and our communities. 

Think you are not personally affected?  Think again.  If you get a chance to be heard on this then vote to raise the drinking age again.

For the moment here are the latest updates on this from parliament:

Breast cancer in young women is an epidemic and growing

We have a breast cancer epidemic with our young women right now in NZ.  Do we want to increase this?  Of course not.  One of the single-biggest associations with this disease is alcohol.  As I blogged on January 15, 2012:

Dr Nick Sheron from the liver unit in Southampton General Hospital has said “You cannot get a cancer cell occurring unless DNA is altered. When you drink, the acetaldehyde is corrupting the DNA of life and puts you on the road to cancer. One of most common genetic defects in man is our inability to counteract the toxicity of alcohol”. 

Karin Michels, ScD, PhD, of the Harvard School of Public Health has said “The alcohol association has been known for many years and is one of the modifiable risk factors for breast cancer”.

James Garbutt, MD, of the University of North Carolina has said “There is now evidence showing that any amount of drinking increases breast cancer”.

Tim Key, of the Cancer Research UK Epidemiology Unit at Oxford has said “Alcohol has had a lot of good publicity. People may not realize the risk they’re taking when they have a few drinks. Any alcohol consumption will raise your breast cancer risk”.

Naomi Allen, PhD, from the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, has said “The risk of cancer was similar in women who drank wine exclusively and in women who drank a mixture of alcoholic drinks…Breast cancer risk has long been known to be higher in drinkers…”

Wendy Y. Chen, MD, of Harvard has said “We observed cancer increases with each 10g daily drink”.

Professor Olver has said “Alcohol is one of the most carcinogenic products in common use”.

Breast cancer is dramatically raised in young female binge drinkers. 

Lowering the drinking age has fuelled this. 

All for what?

Posted: Monday 23 April 2012