Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Underage 'Risky' Drinking: Motivations and Outcomes

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Underage 'Risky' Drinking: Motivations and Outcomes

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1. Underage 'risky' drinking: motivations and outcomes By Lester Coleman and Suzanne Cater. Published by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York 2005. Paperback 61 pp. Price £14.95 ISBN 1-85935-280-4

This 60-page book is published by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, one of a series on drugs and drug problems. It reports the results and implications of an extensive questionnaire survey and 64 indepth interviews with young people aged 14-17 years. Risky drinking is defined as excessive single-session drinking in unsupervised locations.

The report summarises recent trends in young people's alcohol use. It includes extensive quotations from the young people themselves and looks at the reasons why they take part in risky drinking. This can include increasing confidence in social situations, using drunkenness as a way of forgetting problems and the impact of peer influence. The outcomes of risky drinking are studied. These are mostly harmful or potentially so and include adverse health, safety and legal outcomes. Heavier drinking increases the risk of potential harm.

The implications for policy and practice are examined in the context of the National Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy. …

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