Enforcement of the Legal Minimum Drinking Age in the United States

  title={Enforcement of the Legal Minimum Drinking Age in the United States},
  author={Alexander C Wagenaar and Mark Wolfson},
  journal={Journal of Public Health Policy},
We studied patterns and levels of enforcement of the legal drinking age in the United States. Major findings include: (1) rates of enforcement of the legal drinking age are very low; (2) actions against outlets or adults providing alcohol to youth are particularly rare; (3) two of every thousand occasions of illegal drinking by youth under 21 are estimated to result in an arrest; (4) five of every 100,000 youth drinking occasions are estimated to result in an Alcohol Beverage Control agency… 
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