Nearly 5,000 Americans under age 21 die each year from alcohol-related causes, yet it’s illegal to sell alcohol to minors. So how do underage kids get alcohol in the first place? Law officials say that in a surprising number of cases an adult supplies the alcohol. One news organization decided to see just how true that assertion was, and what they found was shocking.
A news crew set up hidden cameras around a liquor store in New Jersey, hiring adult actors to pose as minors. The actors stood outside the store asking adults to buy alcohol for them.
Interestingly, not one male customer was willing to buy alcohol for the “youth.” However, several women did agree, urging them to be careful. One woman went so far as to warn the “kids” to stand farther away from the store so that they wouldn’t get caught. There were 24 adults in all captured on tape engaging in this illegal activity, all women.
When confronted by reporters, one of the women who bought alcohol for the actors said that she knew it was wrong but figured the kids were going to get it from someone else anyway. Jan Withers, President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, expressed shock when viewing the tape. She hoped that women and mothers would be more protective.
Research has demonstrated the wisdom of holding the line on the nation’s current legal drinking age of 21. Study after study reveals that making youth wait to purchase alcohol saves lives. Part of the danger for younger drinkers is simply a matter of body weight and mass. Younger bodies are not full-grown and don’t carry as much weight and muscle mass, meaning minors get drunk faster.
They also tend to make poor or risky decisions more often while they are under the influence. An alarming number of young alcohol-related deaths are from car crashes or alcohol poisoning, with the latter happening when a person drinks faster than the body can process it. Young people have little idea about where that line should be drawn. In fact, younger drinkers are more prone to binge drinking than any other group.
How do underage drinkers get alcohol? According to law enforcement and this video experiment they’re getting it from adults, including America’s mothers.