Alcohol Misure in Adolescents: Individual Differences, Prevention, Identification and Intervention


This chapter examines the prevalence of adolescent alcohol use, and associated morbidity, mortality, and financial costs. It also describes the course and prognosis of alcohol use among adolescents, genetic and psychosocial risk, protective factors, and assessment, prevention and treatment strategies. Large numbers of adolescents are drinking, resulting in untoward consequences for adolescents, their families and communities, and considerable economic burden for society. Consequently, healthcare providers, researchers, and government health agencies now recognize adolescent alcohol misuse as a significant public health problem. Adolescent alcohol misuse remains a salient public health issue in the United States. Alcohol use has an enormous impact on the physical and mental health of the nation's youth. In 2002, nearly 60% of adolescents 14 years old or younger reported having used alcohol, with 6% reporting use on 100 or more different occasions. This number increases linearly with age with 66% of 15-year-olds, 68% of 16 year olds, 75% of 17-year-olds, and 73% of those 18 years and several reporting a regular use of alcohol.

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Comprehensive Handbook of Alcohol Related Pathology