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What Drives Underage Drinking? An International Analysis
This report from the International Center for Alcohol Policies contributes to the ongoing debate over appropriate and effective responses to the risks posed by early alcohol debut and misuse. It explores the basis of underage drinking from the epidemiological, biomedical, and cultural perspectives and reviews their implications for future research, education, and government policy. The report demonstrates the complexity of underage and youthful drinking and the many different factors that need to be taken into account in designing appropriate responses. The report will be of interest to all those concerned with young people’s drinking. Although it does not offer specific recommendations, it provides essential background material from perspectives that are seldom considered in relation to each other..

The report is broadly divided into two parts. The first part consists of three articles: Dr. Marie Choquet examines the epidemiological data on underage drinking, Dr. Linda Patia Spear then reviews the biomedical aspects of early alcohol exposure, and Dr. Gonzalo Araoz concludes with his section on cultural considerations. The second part of the report provides three commentaries that assess the articles’ implications for researchers (by Dr. Susumu Higuchi), educators (by Jeffrey Lee), and policy-makers (by Godfrey Robson).

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