Category: Youth

Europeans Learn Responsible Drinking & Have Fewer Alcohol Problems

Journalist Jeff Frantz reports that Europeans learn responsible drinking. Thus young Europeans are more responsible about drinking than those in the U.S. Here’s his piece.   The 21st-birthday bar tour — it’s a staple of American life. You blow out the candles, go to a bar, drink, vomit, pass out. You laugh the next day when …

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Intoxicated Women aren’t Attractive to College Men

College men don’t find excessive drinking by women to be appealing. That’s contrary to what most college women falsely think. In short, intoxicated women aren’t attractive or appealing to college men. That’s the finding of research among 3,616 college students. Seven of ten women (71%) overestimated the amount of alcohol that the typical college man …

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Drinking to Defy Adult Authority (How to Prevent It)

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Most alcohol abuse education is ineffective and occasionally even counter-productive. Often young people begin drinking to defy authority. It’s important that we effectively teach young people about the dangers of alcohol abuse. We must also prepare them to drink safely, if they choose to drink, when they’re of legal drinking age. Harm reduction approaches don’t …

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Early Puberty and Early Drinking Age (Are They Related?)

Are early puberty and early drinking age related? Researchers wanted to know the answer. To do so, they studied 1,117 young people. They found that early onset of puberty predicts early consumption of alcohol and intoxication. And it does so among both males and females. It also predicts smoking, drug use, and both sex and …

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Brief Intervention for Alcohol Abuse in College and Other Young People

Here journalist Bob Curley explains that brief intervention for alcohol abuse can effectively help young prople. The process can be simple, easy, and inexpensive.   Brief interventions can be effective in cutting alcohol use by college students. The methods used to deliver these interventions — including e-mail and the Internet ­– can help other populations. …

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Lower the Drinking Age to 18? (Yes Says Expert and Here’s Why)

Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan explains why we should lower the drinking age to 18. That’s the age at which young people become adults.   My colleagues at the Harvard School of Public Health, where I studied preventive medicine, deserve praise for their study on teenage drinking. What they found in their survey of college students was …

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Unrecognized Problem about Binge Drinking (It’s Serious)

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Dr.  Robert Chapman explains below a widely unrecognized problem about binge drinking. And it’s one that has serious effects.   There is great controversy among professionals about the term “binge drinking.” This term is widely used to address the issue of high-risk drinking by college students. However, it’s far from the “accepted term” of those who …

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Fake ID Cards (A Symptom of a Problem, Not a Cause)

Fake ID cards are often used by those under the age of 21 to buy alcohol in the U.S.  These cards have become both very popular and highly sophisticated. Persons under the age of 21 are buying and creating millions of fake driver’s licenses. This is despite holograms and other security features designed to reduce …

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Inconsistent College Alcohol Policies (Schizophrenic Campuses)

College are often using two popular but very conflicting  approaches to reduce alcohol abuse. Thus, some have inconsistent college alcohol policies. Not only are they inconsistent, but they are in conflict. One is an aggressive no-use, zero tolerance policy, especially toward the consumption or possession of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21. It …

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The Ignored Civil Rights Issue of Our Time (Age 21 Drinking Law)

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A reader sent the following opinion piece. It addresses the ignored civil rights issue of our time. The writer wishes to remain anonymous.   As we students return to campus each fall, we are bombarded with politically correct rhetoric. It focuses on race, gender, and sexual orientation. Activists tell us that America is systemically racist, …

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