In the United States and in the state of New Jersey, the drinking age is 21. This is not the case in many other countries, in particular those in Europe. Many people question why the drinking age in this state and nation is not lower. Many people claim that the prevalence of alcohol-related problems for minors in countries in which they can legally drink is lower than it is here. This is simply not the case, and these myths have been discredited.
According to a variety of studies cited by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), more than 25,000 lives have been saved by the minimum legal drinking age being set at 21, and drinking-related crashes have decreased by an estimated 16 percent. In Europe, alcohol-related problems at school, alcohol-related crimes and underage drunkenness is more prevalent than it is here due to our minimum legal drinking age. For the full study, citations and Q&A, click here.
Although the minimum legal drinking age has its benefits, it has also created a massive increase in underage drinking-related offense convictions. These offenses require experienced attorneys to help defend the rights of those accused. If you are fighting an underage drinking charge, call 732-247-3340 or e-mail New Jersey defense attorneys at Jack Venturi Law today.