Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Prohibition still doesn’t work

People who know me well know that I abhor alcohol and other addictive drugs and mind-altering substances. If it actually worked, I would be a major supporter of prohibition. However, prohibition doesn’t work no matter how people try to justify it. Prohibition actually makes the problems worse.

danah boyd has a post worth reading about lowering the legal drinking age and opening up — in moderation — alcohol access to youths. In the post, boyd talks about the Amethyst Initiative, which is headed by “chancellors and presidents of universities and colleges across the United States” who are calling for a re-evaluation of the U.S. drinking age.

Regulating and mitigating, but not prohibition, are the most effective ways we have available to curb substance abuse.

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