Category: Underage Drinking Prevention

Drinking and Coronary Artery Disease Risk in US Veterans: Effects of Alcohol

Drinking and coronary artery disease risk are related. The evidence clearly shows that drinking alcohol in moderation leads to lower risk of coronary artery disease. That’s one of the reasons it generally leads to longer life. Beer, wine and distilled spirits appear to have the same health benefits. Spirits include rum, vodka, tequila, gin, whiskey, […]

“Keepin’ It REAL”: DARE’s Effectiveness (Facts Everyone Should Know)

The Drug Resistance Abuse Resistance (DARE) program is a very popular one. Teachers love it because police officers, not they, teach it. Administrators love it because it shows that they’re “doing something” about alcohol and drugs. Police love it because it beats boring patrols and night shifts. Students love it because it’s more interesting than […]

Reduce Underage Alcohol Abuse In Creative Ways: Here are Seven

Our society uses many techniques in efforts to reduce underage alcohol abuse. A few are effective, but most are not. And there’s no silver bullet. Therefore, we must continue examining additional possibilities. Here are some creative ways to try to reduce underage alcohol abuse. I. “Card” Youth on Their 21st Birthday A most dangerous practice […]

Alcohol Enforcement ABCs at University of Virginia: Problems in Enforcing Alcohol Policies

Alcohol Enforcement is Important Alcohol is part of the University experience. Frat parties, bar hopping and tailgating before football games are just as collegiate as classes and exams. Then there’s alcohol enforcement. Yet it caught most everyone by surprise when [University of] Virginia’s new Alcohol Beverage Control [ABC] officer stationed in Charlottesville started bringing down […]

Drinking Age Should Be Lowered Says International Expert

Lower the Legal Drinking Age Interview with Dr. Ruth Engs The minimum drinking age continues to stir controvers. However, the minimum legal drinking age should be lowered says expert Dr. Ruth Engs. She’s Professor Emeritus of Applied Health Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington. Dr. Engs is interviewed by David J. Hanson. Hanson– Dr. Engs, […]

Legal Drinking Age: Science vs. Ideology Battle Continues

Some Assumptions Debate over the legal drinking age continues. It’s largely between scientific findings and ideological beliefs. Underlying current minimum age laws are the assumptions of American prohibitionism. Drinking alcohol is dangerous and undesirable. Consuming any amount  of alcohol is equally undesirable. Moderate social drinking is the forerunner of chronic inebriation. Drinking typically results in problem […]

Drinking Age Issue: Minimum Legal Drinking Age Debate

The drinking age issue has caused debate for decades. Opinions continue to differ. Here are some of the many arguments in favor of lowering the minimum legal drinking age. There is widespread misunderstanding about the Minimum Legal Drinking Age Act of 1984. Unfortunately, its title is misleading. It doesn’t actually require states to lower their drinking […]

Responses to Arguments against the Minimum Legal Drinking Age

The federal government is spending taxpayer money in a political campaign to defend the minimum drinking age. “Responses to Arguments against the Minimum Legal Drinking Age” is by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). In it, the the federal government identifies arguments against the minimum legal drinking age. It then suggests counter […]

National DARE Day Celebrates an Ineffective Program

National DARE Day celebrates an ineffective educational program. It’s a triumph of ideology, emotion and hope over science and truth. DARE is Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. Dr. Marsha Rosenbaum, director of the Safety First Project, made the these observations. Drug Abuse Resistance Education I first heard of Drug Abuse Resistance Education when my daughter, Annie, […]

What is Social Norms Marketing? A Way to Reduce Alcohol Abuse

What is social norms marketing? It’s an effective and efficient way to change behaviors. And it’s an inexpensive and rather easy way to do so. It’s often also called the social norms approach or social norms clarification. So don’t be confused by that. College professor Dr. H. Wesley Perkins developed the social norms marketing approach. In […]

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