Well duh! The dominant religion in the state doesn't allow alcohol use!
L Valfre,I get what you are trying to say but it isn't entirely
accurate. The LDS church teaches its members to avoid drinking alcohol.
However, members are free to choose for themselves if they actually follow.
Ultiamtely, the dominant religion isn't stopping anyone from drinking a
beer who wants one. However, the fact that many in the state are LDS does
obviously help reduce teen acohol use because of this beleif. Good for Utah!
I'm sure the statement about utah teens is generally correct. But, I always
take these sorts of proclamations with a grain of salt, because I've seen a
LOT of reality swept under the rug in Utah, in the interest of keeping up
Where was the study taken...Peoa?
@Austin Coug: Are you really trying to tell us that thre are no ramifications
from the church itself if one of its members drinks alcohol, i.e., a beer or
other such spirit? That is not how I was raised nor what I was told growing
up.As for this study, if it is simply asking teens whether or not
they consume alcohol, I would be very weary, as practically every teen I knew as
a kid drank, but would never admit to it.
Alcohol abuse in this country is staggering. More death occur each year in
alcohol related incidents than any other single cause. A study finds one place
in the nation that is fairing better and our first impulse is not to praise
youth for avoiding the pitfalls, but to argue about the statistics and whether
or the not the LDS church punishes people who take a drink.As I see
it, anything that can be done, and anything that is successful in any degree to
change or curb this epidemic we should applaud it or come up with something
ulvegaard,I agree. This is a non-religious, non-denominational issue.
Teens should not be regularly using alcohol, period. Their growth, development,
self control and future success are tenuous enough as is.