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Recent Dev Alcohol. 2001;15:307-27.

Outcomes of alcohol treatment for adolescents.

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VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, California, USA.


The use by adolescents and young adults of alcohol and other drugs continues to be a tremendous problem for this nation. Over 30% of all high school students nationwide report episodes of hazardous drinking (five or more drinks on one occasion), when both moderate and heavy alcohol consumption are associated with a higher risk of alcohol-related medical consequences and accidental injuries for youth. Increased awareness and concern related to adolescent substance use has led to the outgrowth of additional treatment facilities and programs for this age group. The current chapter discusses how developmental factors may impact the assessment process and subsequent treatment for adolescent alcohol use disorders. In addition, outcome research, intervention studies, relapse, and factors that may influence the recovery process are discussed.

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