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VOYAThe author, who has been a counselor and who has worked with addicted teens, promises in the introduction that his purpose is to present facts rather than to be didactic about the use of alcohol. He fulfills his promise and provides detailed, practical information to parents about how to cope with teens who use alcohol. He gives perspectives on alcohol from parent, society, and teens, including a historic account of alcohol use. He explains in great detail what happens to the body when alcohol is consumed and describes why adolescents are attracted to using alcohol. He also explains how parents can make a difference when helping alcoholic teens and covers preventive measures that can be taken to prevent teens from using alcohol. Different types of treatment and recovery are explored, including detoxification, doctor-prescribed medicines, crisis care, outpatient care, day care, psychiatric care, counseling, and more. Although the book is geared for parents, it might be useful to librarians who are working with teens who are involved in alcohol treatment programs. Consumer health librarians will also find the book useful. Although the author's style is to-the-point and factual, he is also empathetic, weaving in stories related to his experiences as a counselor, parent, and Marine. The index was not included in the review galley. Other inserts were not provided-for example, the final chapter is to include an insert relating to treatment synergy-making it rather difficult to judge the book as a whole. 2003, Hazeldon/Health Communications, 271p., Trade pb. Ages 17 to Adult.
—Sheila B. Anderson