Welcome to the Amethyst Initiative, where we champion a thoughtful reevaluation of U.S. alcohol policies in the context of higher education. Founded on the belief that the current legal drinking age may not effectively curb irresponsible alcohol use among young adults, we advocate for a public, informed debate on this issue. Our approach is research-driven, focusing on realistic and public health-oriented strategies. By uniting educators, health professionals, and policymakers, we strive to promote safer, more responsible drinking environments on college campuses nationwide.
According to Greek legend, the god named Dionysus, the God of vines and celebration, was angry with disdain of humans. Therefore, he made an oath that he would kill all people who confronted him. He made a trap by using tiger to eat the person who confronted it. The person who passed his trap would be eaten by his tiger.
Finally, that day happens. The person who passed his trap was a beautiful woman named Amethos. At that time, she was sending sacrifices to Artemis. Artemis did not have enough time to help Amethos escape the Dionysus trap, so Artemis used magic to change her to quartz.
Dionysus repented of his action, so he cried, and his tear fell into the quartz of Amethos. The quartz change the color from white to purple.
It is believed that amethyst is the gem that can prevent drunkenness. If amethyst is used to make glass, the person who drinks from this container will not be intoxicated.
The Amethyst Initiative originated because of the belief that amethyst quartz can prevent people from getting drunk. Amethyst quartz is consistent with the project, so amethyst was used as a name of the project.
Choose Responsibility is a non-profit group in the US which works to raise public awareness of the risks related to young adults drinking excessively and carelessly. The main objective is to provide information to the public to decrease the minimum legal drinking age. Dr. John McCardell, Jr., the president emeritus of Middlebury College, founded it and serves as its director.
Choose Responsibility has looked at a number of industrialized nations where the drinking age is under 21, but where the scientific consensus is that how people drink is more responsible than in the United States. According to the organization, today’s drinking rules stimulate immature conduct and “infantilize” young adults. As a result, it advocates for laws that, in its opinion, would provide young adults—between the ages of 18 and 20—the freedom to decide for themselves how much alcohol to consume. According to Choose Responsibility, the effectiveness of present-day drinking regulations is contrasted with the shortcomings of Prohibition-era legislation in preserving and enforcing a decrease in alcohol consumption.
In the past, the law imposed a drinking age of 21 years old in The United States. Choose responsibility believes that the drinking age at this age is not good for The United States. There are many problems with drinking at this age. Amethyst Initiative originated from Choose Responsibility to request lawmakers to have debates about the minimum age of drinking age.
We take a research-based, public health-focused approach. We aim to counter ineffective prohibitionist policies with nuanced regulations rooted in facts and science. Some of our key activities include:
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