Back to top What is binge drinking? The 21 year-old drinking age breeds disrespect for law and ethical compromises. If developed and implemented correctly, a mandatory alcohol education course would present new drinkers with a successful model for responsible and moderate behavior. This class addresses issues such as peer pressure, identifying reasons you may drink and the dangers of binge drinking.
Penalties for violation of alcohol control laws will encourage younger adolescents to abstain until they reach age 18; at the same time, those laws will encourage those over 18 who choose to drink to do so responsibly, so as to avoid revocation of their drinking license. It is non secret that alcohol can make you feel happy, sad, angry or depressed. Since there is no comprehensive course that fits the needs of an education program of this magnitude, the recommended alcohol education course would be an amalgam of effective programs presently available, designed by alcohol experts and educators. The existence of such a course would serve as acknowledgement of the fact that those over 18 can make healthy, informed decisions when armed with the right information. In effect, this provision means that states that legislate one or more exceptions to the 21 year-old drinking age are not at risk of losing federal highway funding.