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Maryland Study Shows Fake ID Use by Youth Tied to Alcohol Problems

A new study from the University of Maryland School of Public Health shows that almost two-thirds of college students use fake IDs to obtain alcohol and links this behavior to the development of alcohol use disorders by facilitating more frequent drinking. “Alcohol use is extremely prevalent among underage youth in the United States – despite minimum legal drinking age laws – and poses health and safety risks,” said Dr. Amelia M. Arria, associate professor of behavioral and community health and director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and corresponding author for the study. “Alcohol is easy for most youth to obtain, and false IDs contribute to alcohol’s easy accessibility.” The study will be published in the March 2014 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and is available at Early View.