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Teenage Drinking #263211

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 17, 1979
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Fairfield Cnty., Connecticut) Youth of drinkers noted. [high school SENIOR - discusses drinking.] Lowering of drinking age by numerous states after voting age lowered to 18 reported; map shown. States raising drinking age since 1973 noted. Police criticism of low drinking age stated. [2nd high school SENIOR - notes ease of getting alcohol.] Tripling of drunk driving arrests among 18-21 year olds during period covered by lowered drinking age laws accord to FBI statistics, reported Research by Dr. Richard Douglass, University of Michigan, with regard to effects of lowered drinking age laws on highway accidents noted. [DOUGLASS - comments.] Connecticut hearings with regard to raising age limit cited. [Marc RUBINFELD - opposes age increase] [Connecticut state representative Andrew GRANDE - notes wave of conservatism.] [Morris CHAFETZ - notes drinking behavior is learned; cites preventive measures.] Entrenchment of drinking in Am culture noted.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

Cronkite, Walter;
McLaughlin, Bill

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