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Eight million teen-agers--or more than a third of the nation's teen-age student population--drink alcohol weekly and nearly a half-million are "binge" drinkers who consume an average of 15 drinks each week, according to a report released Thursday by Surgeon General Antonia Coello Novello. "I am deeply concerned," Novello said at a press conference. "It is obvious that something is wrong here . . . . We are not properly educating our youth about the harmful effects of alcohol."
November 13, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Washington State backup quarterback Aaron Garcia has been suspended from the team for underage drinking. Cougar Coach Mike Price said Garcia will not play in Saturday's regular-season Apple Cup finale against intrastate rival Washington. Price refused to give details, saying only that Garcia had violated a team rule. Garcia, 20, from Sacramento, Calif. , was arrested Saturday in Moscow, Ida., just acrossthe border from Pullman. The drinking age in Idaho is 21.
July 28, 1989 | TOM GORMAN, Times Staff Writer
The judges and the therapists call it "reality education," but for the seven young adults who sat through the coroner's slide show, it was disgusting, gross, extreme--and, they conceded, effective. The group spent Thursday morning at the coroner's office looking at graphic photographs of twisted, broken and torn bodies of people killed in traffic accidents, domestic violence or suicide. These victims had either been drinking or were stone sober, killed by someone who had been drinking.
May 26, 1989
Your editorial praise of our soon-to-retire U.S. surgeon general "A Doctor Up to the Task" (May 13) was right on: "Dr. C. Everett Koop put public health before politics as the nation's surgeon general, and President Bush should keep that example in mind as he seeks a replacement." But the public-health perspective and pro-activity practiced by Dr. Koop went far beyond providing "much-needed leadership in educating the public about acquired immune deficiency syndrome and the hazards of smoking."
January 16, 1989 | Associated Press
A Soviet weekly has revealed alarmingly high statistics on Soviet suicides, with more than 81,000 Soviet citizens killing themselves in 1984, compared to the 29,286 Americans who took their own lives the same year. The article in the latest edition of Ogonyok magazine said, however, that total Soviet suicides had peaked in 1984 and are now dropping, a change it credited to the anti-drinking drive championed by President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
November 15, 1988 | United Press International
Raising the drinking age to 21 does not appear to curtail college students' alcohol intake, researchers reported Monday. Jerry Lotterhos and his colleagues at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., studied effects of North Carolina's 1986 increase in its drinking age by surveying East Carolina students before and after the change. Lotterhos, who reported his findings at a meeting of the American Public Health Assn., surveyed 390 undergraduates in 1986, 300 in 1987 and 346 in 1988.
March 12, 1988 | Associated Press
Wyoming on Friday became the last state to raise its drinking age to 21 when Gov. Mike Sullivan signed into law a bill raising the age from 19, effective July 1. "When this becomes effective, we will no longer be an island," Sullivan said. "It is in the best interests of the state, the country and, foremost, in the best interests of the young people of this state." Wyoming stood to lose $8.2 million in federal highway funds immediately if the age increase were not in place in July.
March 6, 1988 | DAVID SMOLLAR, Times Staff Writer
The party scene at UC San Diego has largely dried up this year, the victim of new, tougher alcohol regulations that follow a trend both locally and nationally by college administrators trying to moderate student drinking. New rules at UCSD prohibit any alcohol use in public places other than the campus pub. Students 21 and over can drink only in their private dormitory rooms, and residence-hall advisers now actively enforce the law against under-age drinking.
January 17, 1988 | TONI TAYLOR, Taylor, an authority on the travel industry, lives in Los Angeles.
How easy is it for underage youths to obtain alcoholic drinks at hotels, aboard cruise ships and on planes? Cruise passengers and guests can often just sign their cabin/room numbers to drink orders. Room service may also be available. Hotels may have mini-bars, where payment takes place at check-out. And airlines routinely offer or sell alcoholic beverages. However, hotels have to obey state laws, as do cruise ships in ports and airlines on intrastate flight.
June 24, 1987 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court, supporting the move toward a national minimum drinking age, ruled Tuesday that Congress may reduce federal highway funds to states that refuse to raise their drinking age to 21. The court, stepping into a contentious clash between states' rights and congressional authority, concluded on a 7-2 vote that Congress has broad power to set standards for the spending of federal funds.
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