Should the Legal Drinking Age Be Lowered?

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Greenhaven Press's At Issue series provides a wide range of opinions on individual social issues. Each volume focuses on a specific issue and offers a variety of perspectives-eyewitness accounts, governmental views, scientific analysis, newspaper and magazine accounts, and many more-to illuminate the issue. Extensive bibliographies and annotated lists of relevant organizations point to sources for further research. Enhancing critical thinking skills, each At Issue volume is an excellent research tool to help ...

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Overview

Greenhaven Press's At Issue series provides a wide range of opinions on individual social issues. Each volume focuses on a specific issue and offers a variety of perspectives-eyewitness accounts, governmental views, scientific analysis, newspaper and magazine accounts, and many more-to illuminate the issue. Extensive bibliographies and annotated lists of relevant organizations point to sources for further research. Enhancing critical thinking skills, each At Issue volume is an excellent research tool to help readers understand current social issues and prepare reports.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Daniel Levinson
Greenhaven Press has long produced a variety of series dealing with current events (Opposing Viewpoints, Current Controversies, etc.) that marshal a variety of pro/con essays and argument excerpts. (Opposing Viewpoints is also available for purchase in a Gale computer database version.) The At Issue series titles are shorter than those two series, and don't organize articles by subtopic. They have individual titles grouped under broader topics. Some individual book topics are policy oriented (oil drilling in the Arctic, foreign oil dependence, the future of the US economy), but many are more likely to hit teens where they live: reality TV, censorship of music lyrics, and advertising and teen behavior. Mass Media and Teen Issues are the more unusual and interesting volumes. The TV volume has reprinted articles from a variety of sources, including The Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation and US Catholic. They run 5 to 15 pages each, and offer basically pro/con pairs: reality shows have some positive attributes vs. negative influence; positive religious message vs. an amoral one, and so forth. It ends with two more open-ended topics: that such shows promote a democratic view of society and can motivate generosity across the country. Many titles run under 100 pages of text, and pages are airy, not crammed with hard-to-read small font text. All sport attractive black covers with bright color illustrations. As with all the Greenhaven current events books, some articles and topics are more likely than others to seem stale quickly. And given the relatively high prices, these probably are for larger school and public libraries only. Reviewer: Daniel Levinson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737762044
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 10/19/2012
  • Series: At Issue Series: Teen Issues
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,021,330
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 The Legal Drinking Age Policy Has Been Effective Substance Abuse Policy Research Program (SAPRP) 10

2 The Legal Drinking Age Has Not Been Effective Michelle Minton 19

3 Efforts to Lower the Drinking Age Have Both Supporters and Detractors Radley Balko 24

4 Lowering the Drinking Age: Let's Keep the Dialogue Open Donald R. Eastman III 29

5 The Legal Drinking Age May Provide a Safer Environment for Women Alan Mozes 33

6 The Legal Drinking Age Helps Prevent Alcohol-Related Deaths Darshak Sanghavi 37

7 The Legal Drinking Age Does Not Prevent Teens from Drinking Morries E. Chafetz 43

8 MLDA 21 Reduces Binge Drinking, with the Exception of College Students Science Daily 47

9 Efforts to Curb College Binge Drinking Spark MLDA Controversy Shari Roan 51

10 Lowering the Legal Drinking Age Will Not Curb College Binge Drinking Sara Huffman 59

11 Education on Drinking Responsibly Must Replace Neo-Prohibitionism David J. Hanson 62

12 States Should Be Allowed to Experiment with the Legal Drinking Age John Richards 67

13 Differences in Drinking Cultures Between US and European Youth Are Subtle Christopher Sopher 71

14 The Globalization of Cultures Influences Young Drinkers Peter Allen 75

Organizations to Contact 81

Bibliography 87

Index 91

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