Professor Emeritus of Sociology, State University of New York at Potsdam
Pro to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
"A recent study of the effectiveness of alcohol education programs compared those that present an abstinence-only message with those that present drinking in moderation as an option. It is clear that programs accepting responsible use are demonstrably more successful than are no-use-only programs.
In spite of noble intentions and the expenditure of massive amounts of time, energy, and money the best evidence shows that our current abstinence-oriented alcohol education is ineffective. Simply doing more of what is not working will not lead to success; it is essential that we re-think our approach to the [underage drinking] problem."
Experts Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the minimum legal drinking age; top-level federal government officials significantly involved in the minimum legal drinking age and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor Emeritus, Sociology, State University of New York at Potsdam, 2006-present
Advisory Board member, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2007-present
Member, Board of Advisors, National Youth Rights Association, 1998-present
Testimony on effects of Sunday alcohol beverage sales presented to the Indiana State Assembly Interim Study Committee on Alcoholic Beverages, Sep. 15, 2009
Professor, Sociology, State University of New York at Potsdam, 1985-2006
Expert testimony on alcohol advertising and marketing to youth presented to New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Oct. 22, 2002
President, New York State Sociological Association, 1982-1983, 1993-1994
Runs two websites covering alcohol related issues, www.alcoholfacts.org and www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj