Masters Thesis

Program proposal for a drinking license in California

The current Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) laws were created to save lives and deter underage drinking. Researchers have found that has been a steady occurrence of unsafe drinking practices among college-aged adults (18 to 24 year olds). The most common unsafe activity is binge drinking where participants are drinking more than five servings of alcohol in one sitting or event. College presidents and chancellors have made note of the reckless drinking activities occurring on their campus and neighboring communities, and formed the Amethyst Initiative. The Amethyst Initiative focuses on reexamining the current MLDA laws to help find an alternative to curb the reckless drinking activities. They suggest that a drinking education course be created which upon completion participants can receive a license to drink alcohol legally. This program proposal will take AI’s drinking education suggestion and apply it to the state of California. This program proposal will allow 18 to 20 year olds to voluntarily participate in ten-week course, which will educate them about alcohol awareness, accountability, responsibility, and consequences. The materials are not abstinence based and does not try to stop drinking alcohol rather it will provide the participants valuable skills and techniques when drinking alcohol occurs. In addition to the educational aspect of the program, participants will be able to hear about the misuse of alcohol by representatives of their local law officials, emergency medical technicians, doctors, professors, and victims of alcohol abuse. Lastly, participants who have completed the program successfully will be awarded a license to purchase and consume alcohol legally. However, in order to deter misuse of the drinking license, license holders will be required to register with the California State Department of Justice and local law enforcement agencies. If license holders were ever convicted of a crime while under the influence of alcohol, they would be subject to stricter penalties and consequences. In the end, the goal of this program proposal is to break the cycle of reckless drinking habits among 18 to 24 year olds through drinking education and by allowing participants demonstrate proper drinking habits socially among their peers. By demonstrating proper drinking habits socially among their peers, participants will help to bring a change in reckless drinking culture that currently occurs across the state of California. This program proposal is the solution to breaking the cycle of reckless drinking habits and can be certainly have an impact on the drinking culture of Californians.

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