[CR] Week in Review

Today’s post starts with a disclaimer: regular author Nick DeSantis is away this week. His keen eye for updates and new perspectives from around the country will be missed as this humble replacement struggles to fill his shoes. If you haven’t done so already, make sure to vote on your favorite [CR] sticker. We’re running low on our stock of stickers and need your help deciding on a new design.

Stories this week:

Newspaper series and features on binge drinking and the drinking age debate seem to be prevalent right now, likely due to heightened concern in many communities about alcohol and high school graduation season. The Memphis Commercial Appeal continued this trend with an editorial, reporter’s analysis, and series of op-ed essays on the drink age debate last Sunday. Both the editorial and the analysis argued for a serious debate about the effectiveness of Legal Age 21 that looks at all the consequences of the law, especially those off the highways.

Another installment of the Roanoke Times “Under 21” series appeared online in the form of an online reader’s forum on Legal Age 21 that was active on their website last week. You can read the dialogue here. The forum includes nearly 500 posts so far–a clear demonstration that this is a hot topic in the Roanoke area.

In other news…

For some Friday afternoon amusement, be sure to check out this post on bizarre alcohol laws from around the country. Who knew that it was illegal to open a tab at a bar in Iowa, or to use the word “refreshing” in alcohol promotions? Certainly not us! Check out the story—you just might learn something about your state.

Michelob has drawn harsh criticism from some groups for its newest advertising venue: Twitter. The brand is the first of Anheuser-Busch’s holdings to use the rapidly expanding social networking site as an advertising tool, but many other beer, wine and spirits companies have created Twitter accounts to send frequent updates to their fans. George Hacker of CSPI, a group that argues for more stringent restrictions on alcohol advertising, commented in an Ad Age story on the topic that, “Twitter is for kids, and this is just another way to put brand names in their faces.” By one estimate, over 70% of Twitter users are over age 21, but despite Michelob’s best efforts to verify that its followers are over 21 there’s little assurance that their tweets are only reaching those who can legally purchase one of their products.

Have we missed something in this week’s update? Let us know in the comments.

2 Responses to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Matthew Says:

    Here is one strange law.

    “When in Rome, Don’t Act Like You Are: Thanks to the Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act, an underage student studying abroad is forbade from drinking alcohol, even if they are in a country where they meet the drinking age requirements. Of course, this sort of defeats the purpose of studying abroad altogether: what’s the point of drinking in a different culture if you aren’t allowed to be drinking in a different culture.”

    Yea good luck enforcing that. after when I’m in Italy, I’m bound by italies laws, nt the us.

  2. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. In addition, it’s good that more newspaper are picking on the debate surrounding the drinking age so that the drinking age will be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. I condemn George Hacker of CSPI for supporting the ageist drinking age by verifying that no “underage” people view alcohol advertising. I also condemn every website that has a program to ensure that the people are 21 or above because that’s ageism.