THE EFFECT OF MINUMUM DRINKING AGE LAWS UPON ADOLESCENT ALCOHOL USE AND PROBLEMS

This study seeks an answer to the question of the effects of minimum drinking age laws by comparing responses describing the alcohol use patterns and associated problems obtained from a questionnaire survey of high school seniors in states with a 20- or 21-year minimum drinking age and in states with an 18-year minimum drinking age. Higher alcohol consumption rates, and related problems in jurisdictions with the higher minimum age identify the inadequacy of the state to assume a responsibility which informal control systems once maintained. Our findings document the problem of utilizing formal laws to enforce norms which are meaningfully opposed to the psychological process and primary group norms of an important group of citizens. (SRIS)

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    Federal Legal Publication, Incorporated

    95 Morton Street
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  • Authors:
    • Rooney, J F
    • Schwartz, S M
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 569-583
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  • Accession Number: 00308118
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 5 1980 12:00AM