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David J. Hanson, PhD Biography

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.”

“Underage Drinking,” (accessed Oct. 7, 2010)

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, and
  • PhD, Sociology, Syracuse University, 1972
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?