Underage Drinking: Problem of Culture or Policy?
An examination of the research on the impact of the high minimum drinking age on underage drinking.
# 152832 | 1,459 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 |
Published on Apr 30, 2013 in Political Science (State and Local Politics) , Criminology (Drugs Enforcement) , Child, Youth Issues (Teen, Adult Issues)
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The paper presents statistics that illustrate the dangers of teen alcohol consumption and discusses the controversy surrounding the age of 'underage' drinkers. The paper discusses how the high minimum drinking age, which criminalizes drinking by millions of citizens who are socially and legally adults, results in high levels of alcohol abuse by college students under the age of 21. This paper offers the recommendation to investigate the practical implications of lowering the legal drinking age to 18 and simultaneously heightening the enforcement of laws concerning drunk-driving, public intoxication and the use of alcoholism rehabilitation in cases where these offenses occur. The paper projects that the result of lowering the legal drinking age would be a reduction in the scope of the underage drinking problem by roughly two-thirds.
From the Paper:"Certainly, there are some basic and widely available figures available to identify the dangers of teen alcohol consumption, particularly as this applies to high school or junior high school aged youths. Grinsteinner (2006) reports that "according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 10.8 million underage persons ages 12 to 20 (28.7 percent) reported current alcohol use. Of these underage drinkers, 4.4 million were ages 12 to 17." (Grinsteinner, 1) Alcohol is by far the most problematic of youth indiscretions, as its use is so fundamentally widespread in such demographics and the consequences of its abuse are often so dire. Patterns of underage alcohol use are indicative of a rising proclivity toward alcoholism in later years. Those who consume alcohol while underage, according to the 2006 article cited here, are four times as likely to form an addiction in later teen and early adult years. Even more compelling a cause for the prevention of teen alcohol use though is the absolutely irreversible cost of lives, with 5000 American teens losing their lives annually to traffic accidents related to underage alcohol consumption. Underage alcohol use is complicit in one-third of all teen traffic related fatalities. (Grinsteinner, 1) An epidemic problem in high-school and increasingly so in college, abuse prevention of this chemical substance is considered a top priority for educators and youth counselors."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Faler, M. (2009). The Legal Drinking Age Debate. Suite101.
- Grinsteinner, K. (2006). Targeting Teen Drinking. Hibbing, MN: The Daily Tribune.
- Marin Institute (MI). (2004). Marin Institute Responds to Peter Coors' Plan to Lower Drinking Age. Alcohol Problems and Solutions.
- Psychology Works. (2004). Psychology Works for People With Alcohol Problems. Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia.
- Stahl, L. (2009). The Debate on Lowering the Drinking Age. 60 Minutes: CBS News.
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