Hsm 210 Examining Government Regulations

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Tawnisha Parham
ASSIGNMENT: Examining Government Regulations


The Virginia state law explains that it is in fact acceptable for an under aged person to possess an alcoholic beverage if the reason for the possession is to deliver it to a parent or legal guardian over the age of 21. Also Virginia’s law states that it is acceptable for a person under the age of 21 to consume alcoholic beverages in private establishments such as their own personal home or a family member’s home but not in public. Lastly, there is a new law that just recently passed July 1, 2011, that states that any under aged person caught drinking and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.2 ( one beer) will lose their license for a year and have to pay a fine of either 500 or 50hrs of community service. The regulations suggesting that under aged drinkers are ok to consume alcoholic beverages as long as they are doing so in a private home or possessing the beverage for a parent or guardian are laws that I do not support because they negatively impact my targeted population. I feel as if these laws create a greater chance for some teens to become alcoholics. I feel as if teens should be completely banned from alcohol consumption until they are at least 21 years of age, even if consumption takes place in the privacy of their own home. I feel very strongly about this because I don’t think that teen agers are mature enough to handle the effects of alcohol no matter where their location may be. Most under aged drinking is done in private and most mishaps caused by under aged drinkers were done while an intoxicated minor was behind the wheel of an automobile. As for the law against driving after consuming an alcoholic beverage, I say bravo. No person should be allowed to operate a vehicle when under the influence. So many deaths have occurred due to drunk driving, and even more accidents. The punishment is fair and I do...
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