Teens and Alcohol

I protest your headlines and the survey questions about alcohol use in the Oct. 10 edition as alarmist and as planting a distorted view of teen-agers in the minds of the general public. A "frequent" user was one who reported drinking or smoking on at least 20 days in the last six months. That means that on one of nine days the youngster had a cup of beer or had three cups of beer at one party one time in a month. Do you really believe that realistically defines a "frequent" drinker? I vehemently disagree.

Teen-agers are maligned by this kind of writing and reporting. What about a similar survey of your employees or the Task Force, stepping up your limits even slightly. Would your employees or the committee itself not appear to be depraved? Give the kids a break. Use headlines responsibly.

JUNE V. AMES

San Clemente

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