Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility / Edition 1

Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility / Edition 1

by Richard J. Bonnie, Mary Ellen O'Connell, Committee on Developing a Strategy to Reduce and Prevent Underage Drinking, Youth Board on Children
     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309089357
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
02/27/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
760
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Executive Summary1
1Introduction: The Challenge13
Pt. IUnderage Drinking in the United States
2Characteristics of Underage Drinking35
3Consequences of Underage Drinking58
4Understanding Youth Drinking70
Pt. IIThe Strategy
5Designing the Strategy89
6National Media Campaign108
7Alcohol Industry125
8Entertainment Industries145
9Access158
10Youth-Oriented Interventions185
11Communities216
12Federal and State Governments232
References250
App. AStatement of Task283
App. BAgenda and Participants, October 10-11, 2002 Public Workshop284
App. CAgenda and Participants, November 18, 2002 Open Committee Meeting and Public Forum289
App. D: Other Public Contributors292
App. E: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff296
Index303

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