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Reflections on alcohol and the young.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10456577     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Young people's exposure to alcohol in Britain is a major cause of concern to alcohol workers, yet little impact has been made on the problem despite extensive research and numerous recommendations for tackling it. To some extent, this is due to permissive public attitudes and the general lack of knowledge among the public and professionals of the dangers of alcohol misuse, but lack of leadership by government and targetting of alcohol at the young by the drinks industry must take some of the blame. Particular issues of relevance to young people are excessive drinking in pregnancy, which may affect the fetus, alcoholic parents, drinking among 11-15 year olds, and heavy consumption by older adolescents. The pressure that these put on social and health services (and the expense) is considerable. Rather than concentrating resources on treating the damage, greater emphasis should be placed on prevention and detection, for example recognizing risk factors -- immaturity, poor educational performance, antisocial behaviour, mental heath problems and dysfunctional families -- which lead to harm. This will require better education about alcohol for child specialists, teachers, social workers, the police, the legal professions, and others who have to deal with young people. Self-help groups among the young could help spread the message of sensible drinking among their peers. In addition, the number of alcohol agencies in the community which support parents and young people, at present woefully inadequate, need to be increased as a matter of urgency.
A Paton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Alcohol and alcoholism (Oxford, Oxfordshire)     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0735-0414     ISO Abbreviation:  Alcohol Alcohol.     Publication Date:    1999 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-12-29     Completed Date:  1999-12-29     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8310684     Medline TA:  Alcohol Alcohol     Country:  ENGLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  502-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior / psychology
Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control*
Attitude to Health
Great Britain
Parents / psychology
Pregnancy in Adolescence / psychology
Risk Factors
Wounds and Injuries / psychology

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