A hard look at the drinking age

Recently, LA Times Health Blog Booster Shots reported that psychiatrist Morris Chafetz, who was on the presidential commission responsible for raising the drinking age to 21, called that “the single most regrettable decision of his career”.

John Knight, MD, director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at Children’s Hospital Boston, offers his thoughts on the drinking age, and how parents and physicians can best approach the issue of underage drinking.

Knight was also part of a recent panel discussion encouraging teens to avoid substance abuse and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Do you have questions about drinking or drug use in teens? Do you think changing the legal drinking age to 21 was a “regrettable decision” or the best way to protect teens from themselves? Let us know!