On the Rocks: Teens and Alcohol

On the Rocks: Teens and Alcohol

by David Aretha

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Nancy Zachary
When a teen researcher needs to fully comprehend an issue, look for a well-developed narrative such as this one. Case histories posing as readable vignettes are the introductory "hook" in this serious compendium of facts, figures, and solutions to alcoholism. Photographs and factoids in eye-catching graphics pepper the text along with boldface headings that highlight nearly every page of this excellent, accessible volume. For example, "The Cage Questions" are structured as multiple-choice style questions that teens should ask themselves about their individual drinking habits. Likewise "Advertising Alcohol" is addressed and then "Counteradvertising" is vividly portrayed with a photograph of actor Chris Farley. The text proceeds logically from cause-and-effect to treatment and organizations, describing Alcoholics Annonymous, Al-Anon, Alateen, Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). History, demographic trends, and societal influences are considered in light of preventing further teen alcoholism. Binge drinking and drinking in the home are significant topics. This important, slim volume is a solid purchase for all middle and high school collections.
School Library Journal

Gr 6�8
Basic facts about drinking in America, teen usage, and warning signs of alcoholism are presented in this readable, unbiased text. The effects of alcoholism on families, the dangers of binge drinking, and the successes and failures of solutions and strategies to solve these issues are discussed. Societal attitudes that contribute to alcohol abuse and organizations that are working toward healing problems caused by alcohol are included. The book's design, with quotes and statistics in a large, attractive typeface, may encourage browsing. Black-and-white stock photos are undistinguished and not necessary for understanding the material. While Ted Gottfried's The Facts about Alcohol (Benchmark, 2004) has similar material plus more historical and legal information, this volume contains more documentation in the source notes and more easily understood statistical information.
—Debbie Stewart HoskinsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Scholastic Library Publishing
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Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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