Higher drinking age may mean safer lives for women

November 16, 2011 2:00:42 PM PST
A new study finds entering adulthood in a place and time where the legal drinking age is 18 not 21 seems to put women at a long term higher risk for homicide and suicide.

The same was not true for men.

But this study found women who grew up where the drinking age was below 21 had a 12 percent higher risk for suicide and a 15 percent higher risk of dying from homicide.

They add, female victims of homicide are most often killed by an acquaintance during episodes of alcohol-fueled domestic violence.

Scientists say raising the drinking age to 21 back in 1984 may have prevented upward to 600 suicides and 600 homicides each year.