Study: Correlation between lowered drinking age and dropout rates

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VIRGINIA (KXAN) — A new study may change the long-standing debate over lowering the legal drinking age in the U.S.

Those who want the legal age lowered to 18 argue it could stop binge drinking on college campuses.

However, Virginia researchers found the high school dropout rate went up in the 1970’s when the legal drinking age was at 18-years-old.

While there isn’t solid proof the drinking age was to blame for the elevated dropout rate, experts say access to alcohol may impact kids who are already as risk of dropping out of school. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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