ERIC Number: ED436995
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-16
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Three Years of the New Minimum Drinking Age Law: The Search for the "Spillover Effect."
Venable, Riley H.; Strano, Donald A.; Watson, Zarus E. P.
Raising the legal drinking age nationally was designed to decrease highway deaths, but it has not seemed to have affected the drinking behavior of 18-20 year old college students. In August of 1995, the Louisiana legislature raised the legal minimum drinking age to 21. This provided a unique opportunity to examine the effects of a change in legal status on actual drinking behavior. In this study, college student drinking patterns were examined 6 months prior to the change in status and 6, 18 and 30 months after the change. The goal was to seek validation of the Spillover Effect discussed by H. W. Perkins and A. D. Berkowitz in their 1989 study. Four samples of over 400 students culled from a multi-stage stratified sample provided data for 18-21 year old college students' self-report of drinking behavior each January from 1995 through 1998. (JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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