Binge drinking by young people has become so common that it has developed into a national public health crisis. The consequences of this behavior are harmful, often destructive, and sometimes fatal.
This trend should inspire a call to action for parents, educators, and lawmakers. Current laws do not prevent people under 21 from drinking alcohol – not in urban America, not in rural America, not on college campuses, not in white collar America, and not in blue collar America.
You are forced to deal—or perhaps have already dealt—with the consequences of Legal Age 21 in your daily lives. In many cases, this misguided social policy interferes with your ability to do the right thing for your children.
There is never going to be one police officer for every 18, 19, and 20 year-old, but there is already a parent for most everyone. Increasing enforcement is not the answer. Instead, parents need to be involved in the process of teaching their children how to make informed, healthy decisions about alcohol and its use.
Even after more than two decades of having a 21 year-old drinking age, 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die of alcohol-related causes each year. More than 60% of those deaths are as a result of accidental injury, homicide and suicide. Something about Legal Age 21 isn’t working, and it’s time to consider a change that will bring the law into step with reality.
We invite those of you who believe the status quo is unacceptable to join us in seeking change and facing up to reality.
It is time we Get Real about:
- The reality of alcohol in young adults lives
- Ending the peer pressure to drink to excess
- Stopping this destructive rite of passage
Are you ready?
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