[CR] Week in Review

As summer heats up here in Washington, we’re busy making plans for next fall, and we need your help. In the coming months, we hope to build on the momentum that we gained as a result of S.R. 17’s passage in Vermont, but we won’t be able to do so without contributions from our dedicated volunteers. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to [CR] today to help support our mission as we continue spreading the word about the drinking age debate while navigating these difficult financial times. Once you’ve made your contribution, check out these headlines for the latest news from around the country.

Stories this week:

On Wednesday morning, Friends of Recovery Vermont hosted a gubernatorial debate about substance abuse issues at the Turning Point Center in Chittenden County. During the debate, candidates were asked to state their position on the issue of lowering the drinking age. Dennis Steele, an independent candidate, said that he supported lowering the drinking age. Some of the other candidates were split on the issue – read the full Rutland Herald report to find out what they said.

Stephanie Miller, a contributor to the Lansing State Journal, asked her readers to support S.B. 408, a bill in the Michigan Senate that would create amnesty provisions for underage drinkers who sought medical help for other drinkers who needed it. She wrote, “64 percent of Michigan State University students indicated they would hesitate before contacting 911 for an underage friend who has passed out from drinking. Evidence supports that some students are resistant to seeking help because of potential legal ramifications…Although each family in this community may not have a child, as members of this community, it is our responsibility to take action on the problems the state is facing and to keep our children safe. It is essential that our young ones can contact emergency services if needed without fear of having an MIP on their criminal record.”

On Tuesday, we alerted you to a debate about privatizing liquor sales in Washington, and the debate recently popped up in Virginia when Sen. Mark Warner told the editors of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “I don’t think the state should be in the liquor business.” Check out today’s issue of the Times-Dispatch to see what some of the paper’s contributors think about this idea.

In other news…

A new study from researchers at Brigham Young University found that certain parenting styles can have a positive impact on the likelihood that a young adult will engage in binge drinking. “The study’s key finding was that supervised, supported teens are less likely to engage in the more dangerous drinking behaviors, which have become a growing concern,” wrote Deseret News reporter Sara Israelsen-Hartley. The authors of the study, which is published in the July 2010 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, said that those parenting styles most likely won’t influence the likelihood that young adults will experiment with alcohol, but those parenting styles will affect rates of extreme drinking.

This morning, the Associated Press reported that the Illinois Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a state law which strips convicted underage drinkers of their driver’s licenses, even when those offenses are not related to driving. The Supreme Court ruling overturns the ruling of a Clinton County trial court, which found that the law violated a driver’s due process rights. What do you think?

Leave us a news tip in the comments if we missed something in this week’s roundup.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with its important components. Hopefully, S.R. will gain momentum. It’s good that Steele supports lowering the drinking age. S.B. 408 must become law so that those 20 and under can get help to avoid death because of alcohol. If the drinking age is lowered to 18 with licensing, this will be effective. It’s unjustified that those convicted of “underage” drinking can have their license taken away. There’s a lot of ageism in this country that it’s an erosion of human rights.