Roads become safer when drinking age is raised – evidence from US, New Zealand

Parliament will decide whether or not to pass the Liquor Amendment Bill in the coming weeks.

Changes include:

  • Total ban on all alcohol advertising.

  • Ban of sales to persons under the age of 21.

  • Ban of the manufacturing, distribution or retail sale of liquor - in both rural and urban communities - on any location that is less than 500 metres away from schools, places of worship, recreational facilities, rehabilitation or treatment centres, residential areas and public institutions.

  • Manufacturers and suppliers of alcohol to illegal or unlicensed outlets will be liable for damage caused by the unlawful distribution.

John Maytham interviewed Prof Charles Parry of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council.

Parry said that US research found that raising the age to 21 was more effective than other measures, with a significant reduction in drunk-driving.

In New Zealand, says Parry, the crash rate went up when the legal drinking age was dropped from 20 to 18.

For more detail; listen to the interview in the audio below.


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Roads become safer when drinking age is raised – evidence from US, New Zealand


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