ERIC Number: ED336697
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Youth and Alcohol: Laws and Enforcement. Is the 21-Year-Old Drinking Age a Myth?
Office of Inspector General (DHHS), Washington, DC.
In response to public health concerns and the adverse health consequences of alcohol abuse, the Surgeon General requested information on state alcohol laws and enforcement. In an effort to examine current state laws and regulations governing youth access to alcohol and how these laws are enforced, the Office of Inspector General conducted interviews with state alcoholic beverage control and/or state enforcement agency officials from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. All state alcohol control laws and regulations pertaining to youth were reviewed. It was found that state laws contained loopholes that permitted underage drinking; that state and local agencies had difficulty enforcing youth alcohol laws; that nominal penalties against vendors and minors limited the effectiveness of enforcement; that states had difficult preventing false identification use; that some states had developed creative methods to enforce alcohol laws and penalize offenders; and that enforcement was inhibited by public attitude and deficiencies in education. States are encouraged to examine their laws and policies concerning youth access to alcohol. (A checklist to help states in doing this is included in the report.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Inspector General (DHHS), Washington, DC.