Those Who Grew up with Lower Drinking Age Binge Drink More (audio) Washington University School of Medicine Share Print E-Mail Loading audio... Caption In the 1970s and early 1980s, some states lower their minimum legal drinking age below the age of 21. Those lower drinking ages have been linked to bad things, from traffic accidents to suicide attempts, and now Washington University alcoholism researchers have found that those who grew up in states that had lower drinking ages are more likely to binge drink later on in life. Credit Washington University BioMed Radio Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.