Alcohol Abuse Rates in European Countries

Alcohol Abuse Rates in European Countries

Many Americans have an idealized concept of European attitudes toward alcohol consumption. Because the drinking age is lower in almost every European country than it is in America, we assume that young people are taught to drink responsibly and, as a consequence, have fewer alcohol-related problems than we do as a nation. The U.S. Department of Justice released a 2001 study that debunks the myth that lower drinking ages in Europe make for less underage alcohol abuse than in the United States. Alcohol is harmful when abused, no matter the laws governing its use. Orlando residents struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction should seek professional treatment to overcome this dangerous disease. [Read more…]