Category: Youth

Parents Giving Alcohol to Their Teens Beneficial in Reducing Drinking-Related Problems among Young People

The Issue. Young people get their alcohol from many sources. Rarely is it from stores. Most often it’s from their parents and other adults, friends, or siblings. Parents giving alcohol is very common. Many believe that parents giving alcohol to their own children reduces alcohol abuse. They think it’s important to teach moderation by being […]

Effects of Moderate Alcohol Drinking on the Body, Health, and Longevity: What Does It Do to Your Body?

Background. Most people know that abusing alcohol is bad for the body. It can damage the liver, increase risk of breast cancer, and cause accidents. But what are the effects of moderate drinking on the body? Does it do anything else of benefit? The short answer is “yes.” Drinking alcohol (beer, wine, and distilled spirits) […]

“Choose Responsibility” to Reduce Underage Alcohol Abuse

What is Choose Responsibility? Choose Responsibility is a nonprofit organization. It promotes public awareness of the dangers of  reckless alcohol consumption by adults age 18-20. It does this through a program of research, publication, education, and related activities. The organization seeks to stimulate informed public discussion about alcohol in American culture.  It promotes policies that […]

Harm Reduction for Drinking (Facts and Information)

Harm Reduction is often misunderstood. It reduces the harmful effects of any targeted behavior. This discussion focuses on harm reduction for drinking alcohol by young people. However, the general principles also apply to other behaviors by people of any age. These behaviors might be driving, gambling, engaging in sex, losing weight, and so on. For […]

Drinking by Students Dropping to Historic New Lows in U.S.

Drinking Alcoholic Beverages Drinking by students and other young people continues to hit new lows. In fact, it has been for dropping for decades. For example, look at the statistics on drinking among high school seniors.1 The proportion who have ever consumed alcohol is down (Fig 1). Those who had alcohol during the previous year […]

Drinking Learner Permits for Adults Under Age 21

Drinking learner permits? The proposal to issue drinking learner permits to adults under the age of 21 in an innovative one. It uses the same logic as issuing driving learner permits. I. Drinking Learner Permits to Promote Responsible Behavior Adults age 18, 19 and 20 should be able to drink alcoholic beverages if they have […]

Alcohol Pre-Loading (Pre-Drinking, Pre-Gaming, Pre-Funking, Home Drinking, Prinking, predrinking, Pregaming, or Prefunking)

Alcohol pre-loading is also called Pre-drinking Pre-gaming Prefunking Home drinking Prinking It’s also sometimes spelled predrinking, pregaming, and pre-funking. Take your choice. Alcohol pre-loading is drinking at a private residence before going out at night. The destination is a place to socialize, party, or attend a sports event (hence the term pre-gaming). Or it might be to […]

Perceived Parental Alcohol Problems and Childrens’ Drinking Patterns in Youth

Do young people with parental alcohol problems have different drinking patterns than those without parental alcohol problems? The Study Research in Denmark studied this question. It used data from the Danish National Youth Study. This was a national survey of 75,025 high school and vocational school students. They were 15-25 years old. These were the […]

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, […]

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 […]

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