As a psychiatrist for young adults, I see firsthand the consequences of underage drinking. Please vote “no” on repeal of the 21-only ordinance.
The American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association have produced statements on the neurological damage done by binge drinking, especially during the important brain development period of young adulthood. Decades of medical research show decreased ability to learn new information, as well as worse performance in vocabulary, attention and complex thinking in youth who binge drink. Studies show that this damage done during brain growth may be long-term, and is associated with a higher risk of academic failure, depression with thoughts of suicide, violence, damaged relationships, and future inability to succeed at life goals.
The citizens of Iowa City are to be commended for putting the 21 Makes Sense ordinance in place. Clearly, statistics show a reduction in dangerous drinking in young adults since the ordinance took effect. We in Iowa City see these young adults as our students, friends, and family. They deserve our best effort on their behalf.
Dr. Stacy A. Davids
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