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Utah leads out on underage drinking prevention in national average

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 11:41 a.m.

    There is nothing inherently wrong with drinking Alcohol. Teach kids what is right and drop the minimum age to drink to 18. If the government can mandate that men at 18 register with the selective service and be eligible for war, then stop the hypocrisy and let him have a drink.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Jan. 28, 2014 11:45 a.m.

    Congrats, Utah, something you folks down south can be proud of! This world would be a much better place it no one ever consumed alcohol!

  • WRK Riverton, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    Why people under 18 should not drink (from The Surgeon General's "Call to Action" program:

    - Increases the risk of physical and sexual assault.
    - Is associated with academic failure.
    - Is associated with illisit drug use.
    - Is associated with tobacco use.
    - Can cause a range of physical consequences, from hangovers to death from alcohol poisoning.
    - Can cause alterations in the structure and function of the developing brain, which continues to mature into the mid- to late twenties, and may have consequences reaching far beyond adolescence.
    - Creates secondhand effects that can put others at risk...
    - Is a risk factor for heavy drinking later in life,... including cancers.

    After having quoted that, and being in the military myself, I don't see those risks for someone who is 18 and in the military. In fact, military members have a better chance of succeeding in life because of the experiences they gain in the military.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Jan. 28, 2014 2:17 p.m.

    I suppose the Zion Curtain helps those families who are not able to establish stable relationships with their teens, and therefore are not able to prevent teen drinking without this curtain.

    Meanwhile, guns have a bigger, more negative effect on our children than alcohol does, yet for some reason, the same people who support this Zion Curtain feel it is up to the gun owner to keep their children safe.

    One has to chose their battles, and I guess this Zion Curtain helps the Legislators sleep at night, while there are more important safety issues that they simply avoid.

  • Markhorse DENAIR, CA
    Jan. 28, 2014 4:24 p.m.

    Alcohol has no reedeming value.It only takes away from who you really are.Drinking is damaging to the individual and society.Great job Utah!