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# In Berinia, the age at which people could begin to drink alc

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In Berinia, the age at which people could begin to drink alcohol legally used to be 18. In 1990, in an attempt to reduce alcohol consumption and thereby to reduce alcoholrelated traffic deaths among Berinians under 21, the legal drinking age was raised to 21. Alcohol-related traffic deaths among people under 21 have decreased significantly since 1990. Nevertheless, surveys show that people in that age-group drink just as much alcohol as they did before 1990.

Which of the following, if true of Berinia, most helps to resolve the apparent discrepancy?

A. For the population as a whole, annual alcohol consumption is no lower now than it was in 1990.
B. Alcohol consumption away from home, for example in bars and restaurants, is much lower among people under 21 than it was in 1990.
C. The proportion of people under 21 who own a car is higher now than it was in 1990.
D. Alcohol consumption is lower among people under 21 than among adults in most other age-groups.
E. Alcohol-related traffic deaths among people over 21 have increased slightly since 1990.
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02 Dec 2009, 10:47
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In Berinia, the age at which people could begin to drink alcohol legally used to be 18. In 1990, in an attempt to reduce alcohol consumption and thereby to reduce alcoholrelated traffic deaths among Berinians under 21, the legal drinking age was raised to 21. Alcohol-related traffic deaths among people under 21 have decreased significantly since 1990. Nevertheless, surveys show that people in that age-group drink just as much alcohol as they did before 1990.

Which of the following, if true of Berinia, most helps to resolve the apparent discrepancy?

A. For the population as a whole, annual alcohol consumption is no lower now than it was in 1990.
B. Alcohol consumption away from home, for example in bars and restaurants, is much lower among people under 21 than it was in 1990.
C. The proportion of people under 21 who own a car is higher now than it was in 1990.
D. Alcohol consumption is lower among people under 21 than among adults in most other age-groups.
E. Alcohol-related traffic deaths among people over 21 have increased slightly since 1990.

IMO B... If now people under the age group 21 avoids alcohol consumption away from home, then the traffic related deaths will automaticaly reduce, because they wont need to drive to go to bars and restaraunts for drinking alchohol.
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02 Dec 2009, 11:06
The answer should be B. If alcohol consumption in bars and restaurants and places away from home has gone down then there is no need for young people to drive back home, and risk getting into an accident. Therefore although, the total alcohol consumption among those under 21 has gone up, most of it is done at home, where there is no need to drive and thus risk getting into an accident.
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A. For the population as a whole, annual alcohol consumption is no lower now than it was in 1990. -Additional Fact
B. Alcohol consumption away from home, for example in bars and restaurants, is much lower among people under 21 than it was in 1990. - People do not have to drive to public places for drinking and drinking being restricted to home eliminates the chance of alcohol related traffic accidents. - Correct Answer
C. The proportion of people under 21 who own a car is higher now than it was in 1990. - Deepens Paradox
D. Alcohol consumption is lower among people under 21 than among adults in most other age-groups. - Irrelevant comparison
E. Alcohol-related traffic deaths among people over 21 have increased slightly since 1990. - Out of scope

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22 May 2012, 23:31
B all the way.

Alchohol consumption for people under 21 is banned in public. This would mean kids would not drink at bars. But they might continue to do so in private ie at home etc.
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25 Jun 2012, 02:37
B is the answer. Alcohol-related traffic deaths in the demographic segment in question has reduced because its constituents drink less at places away from home, where some of them ostensibly might have to drive to and from, reducing the likelihood of accidents.

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The Argument: Under-21 drinking is banned and traffic accidents amongst that group drop. At the same time, the group continues to drink the same amount. Apparently, the group is not driving as much as did previously. Designated drivers, drinking in places near public transportation, i.e. any situation in which under-21ers are drinking but NOT driving can help us resolve discrepancy.

A. For the population as a whole, annual alcohol consumption is no lower now than it was in 1990.

We only care about under-21 group.

B. Alcohol consumption away from home, for example in bars and restaurants, is much lower among people under 21 than it was in 1990.

Hmm, if people aren't even leaving their homes when they drink, then they are not driving. This helps us resolve the paradox.

C. The proportion of people under 21 who own a car is higher now than it was in 1990.

We only care about under-21ers who are drinking.

D. Alcohol consumption is lower among people under 21 than among adults in most other age-groups.

Comparing age groups does not help resolve discrepancy.

E. Alcohol-related traffic deaths among people over 21 have increased slightly since 1990.

Again, we are concerned with under-21ers.
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26 Jun 2012, 07:02
Yeah B says the drunkards are having way too much fun in places other than accident areas.
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24 Jun 2015, 05:52
In Berinia, the age at which people could begin to drink alcohol legally used to be 18. In 1990, in an attempt to reduce alcohol consumption and thereby to reduce alcohol related traffic deaths among Berinians under 21, the legal drinking age was raised to 21.
Alcohol-related trafficdeaths among people under 21 have decreased significantly since 1990.Nevertheless, surveys show that people in that age-group drink just as much alcohol as they did before 1990.

Which of the following, if true of Berinia, most helps to resolve the apparent discrepancy?

1: why traffic death among ppl under 21 decreased
2: why the alcohol consumption among ppl under 21 is still same.

B Vs C:
B. Alcohol consumption away from home, for example in bars and restaurants, is much lower among people under 21 than it was in 1990.
>> This answers both of the points. they r still drinking but at home. So chances of traffic accidents r less.

C. The proportion of people under 21 who own a car is higher now than it was in 1990.
>> Most important thing: drink n drive is always dangerous .
Firstly, this doesn't give much detail to answer the discrepancy.May be, along with cars they also got drivers or they drive the car themselves.
Secondly, it doesnt answers mentioned key points. So is B wins.
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18 Apr 2016, 22:40
In Berinia, the age at which people could begin to drink alcohol legally used to be 18.
In 1990, in an attempt to reduce alcohol consumption and thereby to reduce alcoholrelated traffic deaths among Berinians under 21, the legal drinking age was raised to 21. Alcohol-related traffic deaths among people under 21 have decreased significantly since 1990. Nevertheless, surveys show that people in that age-group drink just as much alcohol as they did before 1990.

Which of the following, if true of Berinia, most helps to resolve the apparent discrepancy?

A. For the population as a whole, annual alcohol consumption is no lower now than it was in 1990............this is already mentioned in the argument and does not affect or address the discrepancy in any manner.

B. Alcohol consumption away from home, for example in bars and restaurants, is much lower among people under 21 than it was in 1990......................Alcohol-related traffic deaths among people under 21 have decreased but alcohol consumption is same indicates that they do not travel & drink outside but continue to drink in their nearby surroundings.

C. The proportion of people under 21 who own a car is higher now than it was in 1990...............(owning car may incline towards Alcohol-related traffic deaths but they reduced actually..........so does not make sense at all.)

D. Alcohol consumption is lower among people under 21 than among adults in most other age-groups............other age groups are out of scope here.

E. Alcohol-related traffic deaths among people over 21 have increased slightly since 1990.........we are concerned about people under 21 only here in this argument. Info regarding over 21 population is out of scope.
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