In an intervention, the family can outline the risks of binge drinking, and point out specific instances where the person’s behavior was dangerous or otherwise unacceptable. In a standard intervention, the person is asked to enter an inpatient program for addiction and go through a lengthy process of counseling and perhaps medication-assisted detoxification . People who binge drink may not need this level of intensive care, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism . In fact, most people who abuse alcohol in binge drinking sessions benefit from a series of four or five short therapy sessions with a qualified interventionist . These sessions can be incredibly helpful in helping the person understand why he or she participates in the act, and why he or she should stop binge drinking right away. This could change the course of the person’s life, helping him or her avoid the terrible consequences of binge drinking.
In 1981, when annual inflation was at %, [ 10 ] Congress authorized a US Gold Commission to study returning to the gold standard as a way to bring down the inflation. The commission concluded that "restoring a gold standard does not appear to be a fruitful method for dealing with the continuing problem of inflation." [ 39 ] By 1982, the monetary policy decisions of Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volker had already stopped the inflation. [ 40 ] By 1983 growth in consumer prices was down to % from a high of % in 1980. [ 10 ]
Again, all of these problems can easily be fixed. If parents take an upfront approach to teaching their children about the dangers of alcohol most, if not all, problems with lowering the drinking age can be abolished. Parents increasing their children’s alcohol education, partnered with young adults drinking in safer environments, and the basic freedom to buy alcohol is enough to outweigh any potential costs to lowering the drinking age. By drawing young adults out of fraternity houses and dorm rooms they will be drawn to bars where bartenders, other patrons, and even police will be watching to make sure that they do not drink too much. People hear far less stories in the news about a person drinking themselves to death at a bar than in secret on a college campus. Most importantly, however, the freedom to purchase and consume alcohol should be a basic right for all legal adults. If 18-year-olds can gamble (in certain states’ dry casinos), buy tobacco products, join the military, vote, and go into six-figure debt just to go to earn a degree then they should have the right to be able to buy a beer on a Friday night. Are there dangers with allowing 18 through 20-year-olds to purchase and consume alcohol? Yes, but with parental involvement those problems can be largely mitigated. The benefits of lowering the drinking age, however, far outweigh the potential costs. It is time for a change.