Category: William DeJong

Lower the legal drinking age to 18, says outgoing Hiram College President Tom Chema

June 27th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, Plain Dealer, School of Public Health, William DeJong 0 comments

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William DeJong, School of Public Health

Tom Chema moved out of his office at Hiram College this week as he officially retires  Monday after 11 years as president. While at the helm he saw what you’re likely to see on almost any college campus: A lot of underage drinking…

Expert quote:

“One of the concerns I have is all of this focus on the college scene and we forget that lowering the drinking age to 18 would also have an impact on high school students and those outside of college. This isn’t just a college issue.”

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Having 21 as the Drinking Age Saves Lives

May 13th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Public Health, U.S. News & World Report, William DeJong 0 comments

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By William DeJong, School of Public Health

Mary Kate Cary is badly mistaken about the age 21 minimum legal drinking age (“Time to Lower the Drinking Age,” May 7, 2014). Whatever her college experience might have been, the scientific research tells a different story: The age 21 law is protecting youth and saving lives…

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BU Research: Drinking Age Should Remain At 21

February 24th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health, WBZ-AM, William DeJong 0 comments

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William DeJong, School of Public Health

Should the drinking age be lowered? A local professor says no. He tells WBZ NewsRadio 1030 that the current law saves lives…

Expert quote:

“Everybody knows the law is widely disobeyed like the speed limits on the Mass. Pike are widely disobeyed. Even with that, the evidence is very clear that the law has saved lives.”

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Minimum drinking age of 21 ‘saves lives’

February 24th, 2014 in 2014, Al Jazeera America, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, William DeJong 0 comments

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William DeJong, School of Public Health

A three-decade-old federal law raising the nation’s minimum legal drinking age to 21 “saves lives,” a report said Monday, despite a continued push by some to lower the minimum age limit for alcohol consumption…

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Study: ‘Case closed’ – drinking age of 21 saves lives

February 24th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health, William DeJong 0 comments

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William DeJong, School of Public Health

A BU public health researcher is hoping to eighty-six any further debate about rolling back the nationwide legal drinking age of 21 with a new study that argues the law saves lives — even though underage youths widely disregard it…

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“I really wanted the public to know the evidence in support of the law is overwhelming. This debate really should be declared over.”

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Youth drinking habits, drinking age debated

February 22nd, 2012 in 2012, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, William DeJong 0 comments

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William DeJong, School of Public Health

On Feb. 13, Bill DeJong and Barrett Seaman met at Sonoma State University to discuss arguments for and against lowering the drinking age…

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