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NCJ Number: 120089 Find in a Library
Title: Raising the Minimum Drinking Age: Some Unintended Consequences of Good Intentions
Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:6  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1989)  Pages:247-262
Author(s): L Lanza-Kaduce; P Richards
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 16
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In 1986 the State of Florida raised its minimum drinking age from 19 to 21.
Abstract: The new legislation was meant in part to reduce the frequency of youthful drinking and driving. In the year when the law was implemented, half of Florida's 19-year-olds could drink legally; the other half could not. In this paper we analyze self-report data from a sample of these 19-year-olds, examining differences in drinking behaviors and in drinking and driving among legal and illegal drinkers. We find no differences in self-reported drinking or in drinking and driving between the two groups. This finding suggests that the law may not have had the effect that was intended. The two groups differ, however, in the social contexts of drinking, in how they obtain alcohol, and in attitudes about the legitimacy of laws. These differences highlight the importance of understanding unanticipated, potentially negative consequences of legal changes. 5 tables, 1 figure, 38 references. (Publisher abstract)
Main Term(s): Underage Drinking
Index Term(s): Florida; Legal drinking age; Legislative impact; Youthful DUI offenders
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