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Alcohol abuse in adolescence
  1. Paul Augustine McArdle (mcardlep{at}
  1. Newcastle University and NTW NHS Trust, United Kingdom


    Alcohol abuse by adolescents is widespread in the UK, has complex cultural, economic and biological origins and is associated with adverse health consequences. Affected young people present medically with intoxication or its consequences such as injury, self harm and sometimes physiological dependence.

    Practitioners have greater capacity to respond effectively than they may believe. Modest concerted effort could make the medical profession much more relevant to the needs of these often troubled youth.

    • adolescence
    • alcohol abuse
    • alcoholism
    • comorbidity
    • treatment

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