Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility / Edition 1

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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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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael Wasserman, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a summary of a 2002 conference on the global approach to diminishing adolescent drinking. It includes a CD-ROM of background papers.
Purpose: The book demonstrates the importance of the stated mission. Then it lays out a strategy to implement a national program to lessen youth drinking by targeting key players such as the alcohol industry, media, government, and local communities. The objectives are met when one considers that the book has a national perspective.
Audience: It is written for those interested in impacting public policy, such as members of the public health community, government officials, and political advocates. It would be useful to practitioners who are interested in organizing community resources to solve community problems. Methods applicable to addressing underage drinking can be used for other public issues such as smoking, violence prevention, etc. The authors are an array of physicians, behavioral scientists, and political scientists. Their backgrounds are appropriate and extensive.
Features: The best aspect of the book is that the methodology outlined is applicable to this problem as well as other social phenomena. As a committee writes it, the prose is somewhat dry, but still represents an authoritative report.
Assessment: This book is useful as a tool to motivate practitioners who might want to become involved in solving community problems in contrast to caring for individual patients.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309089357
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 2/27/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 760
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1
1 Introduction: The Challenge 13
Pt. I Underage Drinking in the United States
2 Characteristics of Underage Drinking 35
3 Consequences of Underage Drinking 58
4 Understanding Youth Drinking 70
Pt. II The Strategy
5 Designing the Strategy 89
6 National Media Campaign 108
7 Alcohol Industry 125
8 Entertainment Industries 145
9 Access 158
10 Youth-Oriented Interventions 185
11 Communities 216
12 Federal and State Governments 232
References 250
App. A Statement of Task 283
App. B Agenda and Participants, October 10-11, 2002 Public Workshop 284
App. C Agenda and Participants, November 18, 2002 Open Committee Meeting and Public Forum 289
App. D: Other Public Contributors 292
App. E: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff 296
Index 303
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