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Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2011 Dec;22(3):631-48, xiv.

Clinical approaches to improving alcohol education and counseling in adolescents and young adults.

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  • 1University of Maryland School of Public Health, Prevention Research Center, Suite 2387, Building 255, Valley Drive, College Park, MD 20742, USA.


Clinical prevention trials (approaches to educating and counseling) of adolescents (teens and young adults aged 12 to 25) about risks related to alcohol use indicate that reduction in adolescent alcohol use is possible with nonphysicians as interventionists and physicians as interventionists supported by patient counseling guides and resources. Opportunities for personalized, interactive adolescent education with goal setting appears key to intervention success. Physicians might also be more effective if they are aware of emerging alcohol problems among youth, systems-level resources for counseling adolescents about prevention, and appropriate guidance for parents. Recommendations and resources for clinicians working with adolescents regarding alcohol misuse are provided.

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