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NCJ Number: 211447 Find in a Library
Title: Drinking In America: Myths, Realities, and Prevention Policy
Corporate Author: Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
United States of America
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
Beltsville, MD 20705-3102
Sale Source: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article provides information on the drinking patterns of adults and young people in the United States and analyzes their implications for alcohol policy.
Abstract: Many myths abound in society concerning American alcohol consumption. While it is widely believed that most Americans enjoy drinking on a regular basis, research findings have shown that a large majority of Americans either do not drink or drink infrequently. The article presents statistics showing the alcohol consumption patterns of adults and underage youth, which reveal that a small proportion of adult and young drinkers consume most of the alcohol while most adults and youths abstain from regular alcohol use. The article goes on to charge that current alcohol policies accommodate heavy and hazardous drinking by a small minority of the population, many of whom are underage. Key policy strategies that have either been proven effective or that show promise in reducing alcohol consumption are briefly described and include strategies such as strengthening minimum purchase age laws, restricting alcohol outlets, and curtailing alcohol advertising and promotion. Figures, references
Main Term(s): Alcohol abuse prevention; Alcohol consumption analysis
Index Term(s): Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); Underage Drinking
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