A growing problem of rising and overconsumption of alcohol, particularly among young adults just at the legal drinking age, has raised alarms in Canada. Writing in the international journal "Drug and Alcohol Dependence," Dr. Using national Canadian death data from to , researchers examined the causes of deaths of individuals who died between 16 and 22 years of age. They found that immediately following the minimum legal drinking age, male deaths due to injuries rose sharply by ten to 16 percent, and male deaths due to motor vehicle accidents increased suddenly by 13 to 15 percent. Increases in mortality also appeared immediately following the legislated drinking age for year-old females, but these jumps were relatively small. Raising the drinking age to 21 across the country would prevent 32 annual deaths of male youth 18 to 20 years old.
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