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Poor Birth Outcomes Increased By Lower Legal Drinking Age

Sonntag 24. Mai 2009 von htm

Amid renewed calls to consider reducing the legal drinking age, a new University of Georgia study finds that lower drinking ages increase unplanned pregnancies and pre-term births among young people. „Our findings suggest that a lower drinking age increases risky sexual behavior among young people, and that leads to more unplanned pregnancies that result in premature birth and low birth weight,“ said study author Angela Fertig, assistant professor in the UGA College of Public Health. „The take-home message is that when it’s easier for young people to get alcohol, birth outcomes are worse.“ The conclusion is: The drinking age should be where it is. (Source: Medical News Today, 5/23/09)

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