Alcohol company web sites are offering a "cyber playground" for underage youths despite promises from the companies to limit their access, according to a study released March 9.

The study by the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Georgetown University estimated that nearly 700,000 underage people visited alcohol company web sites from July through December. Many played video games and downloaded music, eMail gadgets, and icons--all the while immersed in the marketing of beer and alcohol, center director Jim O'Hara said.

"These alcohol web sites are a virtual cyber


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