Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Merrill R. Wiseman

Second Advisor

Dr. George Mallinson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access



During recent years, many investigations concerning the teen-ager and beverage alcohol have been carried out. A survey of the available literature on this subject revealed that most of the studies have been made to determine the attitudes toward drinking and the drinking behavior of this age group. These studies, Maddox1 states, provide "The basis for generalizations about drinking in high school which are more substantial than impressionistic guesses."

Generalizations, however, have not been limited to drinking behavior alone. Alcohol education programs, required by law in every state in the union,2 have received much criticism in recent times. Hirsh,3 after viewing the programs in Michigan, stated, "Alcohol education in Michigan as in many other states, is in a sad state of disrepair. The subject is handled inadequately when it is handled at all."