Reducing Underage Drinking:: A Collective Responsibility (Google eBook)

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Alcohol use by young people is extremely dangerous - both to themselves and society at large. Underage alcohol use is associated with traffic fatalities, violence, unsafe sex, suicide, educational failure, and other problem behaviors that diminish the prospects of future success, as well as health risks - and the earlier teens start drinking, the greater the danger. Despite these serious concerns, the media continues to make drinking look attractive to youth, and it remains possible and even easy for teenagers to get access to alcohol.

Why is this dangerous behavior so pervasive? What can be done to prevent it? What will work and who is responsible for making sure it happens? Reducing Underage Drinking addresses these questions and proposes a new way to combat underage alcohol use. It explores the ways in which may different individuals and groups contribute to the problem and how they can be enlisted to prevent it. Reducing Underage Drinking will serve as both a game plan and a call to arms for anyone with an investment in youth health and safety.


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Preface xv
The Challenge 13
Consequences of Underage Drinking 58
Understanding Youth Drinking 70
National Media Campaign 108
Alcohol Industry 125
E Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff 296
Index 303
Social Health and Economic Consequences of Underage
Health Consequences of Adolescent Alcohol Involvement 383
Developmental and Environmental Influences on Underage
Prevention Strategies with Minors 437
Effectiveness of Sanctions and Law Enforcement Practices

YouthOriented Interventions 185
Communities 216
Federal and State Governments 232
References 250
Agenda and Participants November 18 2002 289
The Effects of Price on Alcohol Use Abuse
Evidence and Promising Strategies 565
Drinking Portrayals Alcohol
Alcohol Advertising and Promotion 625
Drinking and Coming of Age in a CrossCultural Perspective 654
Preventing Underage Drinking in American Indian
Addressing Alcohol Problems
Lessons Learned

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