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From The CriticsReviewer: 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.