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"Dramatic and sudden" spike in deaths of Canadian men once they reach legal drinking age


A University of Northern British Columbia researcher believes over thirty deaths a year could be prevented if the minimum drinking age were raised to 21 across Canada. 

Russell Callaghan is an Associate Professor at UNBC. He helped lead study that found a "dramatic and sudden" 10-15 percent spike in deaths among young men once they reach legal drinking age. 

However, he admits the idea of raising the legal drinking age may not be popular. 

"I think there's going to be political resistance to that, and there may be other ways to get those public health gains. For example, raising the zero percent blood alcohol content laws for young drivers, not allowing any alcohol content among young drivers say, less than 22 years of age."

The same pattern in death spikes was not seen in Canadian women.

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