Drinking and driving spikes after legal drinking age: UNBC study

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — A new study shows that alcohol-impaired driving in this country spike immediately after the minimum legal drinking age is reached.

The lead author of the study was D. Russ Callaghan of the Northern Medical Program at the University of Northern B.C., which is part of the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.

That, as you might expect, means that drinking-age laws can have major consequences on driving safety.

Currently, the minimum legal drinking age in Canada is 18 years in Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec, and 19 in the rest of the country. But this research supports those who believe a coast to coast increase to 21 would best address the social impact concerns.