Missoulian: Changing the Drinking Culture in Montana

This week, Michael Jamison of The Missoulian wrote a four-part series about the drinking culture in Montana and new local efforts to combat binge drinking and drunk driving. In his introductory piece, Jamison outlined some of the recent problems the state has experienced relating to alcohol. In Part Two, he dealt with the issue of reckless alcohol consumption by underage drinkers (Brenda Simmons of the Montana Community Change Project summed up the issue by saying, “Kids don’t sit down and have a beer and watch the game. They drink to get drunk – they binge drinkā€). Part Three featured interviews with local bar owners who have collaborated with government officials to end the practice of underage drinkers using fake IDs to buy alcohol. Jamison’s final installment makes a compelling case for the use of ignition interlock devices to keep drunk drivers off the highways.

Read through all four parts if you’re interested in getting a local perspective on the issue. Does your community face similar problems? Would you like to see some new approaches to alcohol policy and alcohol education? Let us know in the comments.

One Response to “Missoulian: Changing the Drinking Culture in Montana”

  1. Edwin Says:

    18, 19, and 20 year olds adults, thus using the offensive “underage drinking” on them is nonsense. In addition, the drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. It’s obvious that the drinking age encourages alcohol abuse among those 18-20 because of no alcohol education. The ageist drinking age also disrespects the age of majority. However, it’s good that Michael Jamison says that ignition interlock devices are needed for road safety.