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ERIC Number: EJ853933
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4385
Preventing Underage Alcohol Access: Policy and Enforcement
Stewart, Kathryn
Prevention Researcher, v9 n3 p8-11 2002
One of the major challenges faced by states and communities is the prevention of underage alcohol access. Underage drinking is widespread and, to a large extent, tolerated by society. It is also implicated in a range of health and social problems that are both tragic and costly. The bad news is clear and all too visible. Underage alcohol use is a serious problem. But fortunately there is good news as well: a variety of effective strategies have been developed to reduce underage drinking. These strategies can be applied in all sectors of the nation, state, and community--in all areas of the systems that produce, distribute, promote, and consume alcohol. This article will outline some of the most important strategies that can be employed by states to reduce youth access to alcohol as well as some of the ways that agencies can work together in broad efforts to reduce underage drinking. While the strategies described are usually applied at the state level, many of them can also be used by communities. The strategies outlined will draw upon the combined power of sound laws and policies, vigorous deterrence, and strong public support. Each of these elements is important individually and can make a difference in preventing underage drinking. But the elements multiply their effectiveness when they are coordinated. Coordinated efforts can ensure that laws are well designed, based on sound principles of deterrence, easy to enforce, and supported by the public. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Language: English
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