Book: Recent Developments in Alcoholism : Alcohol Problems in Adolescents and Young Adults. Epidemiology. Neurobiology. Prevention. Treatment (Recent Developments in Alcoholism)
Even after stepping through the doorway into the 21st century, alcoholism
remains a major contributor to the excess morbidity and mortality experienced
by Americans. No where is this unmet need more dramatic than its
impact on adolescents.
In this edition, the authors cover the wide spectrum of epidemiologic,
prevention, neurobiological, behavioral and clinical issues related to alcohol
use and adolescents. The wide range of topical areas mirrors the prominence of
alcoholism and alcohol abuse in the American landscape. Each of these areas
alone presents significant challenges and opportunities to assist in understanding
the fundamental issues and crafting effective remedies.
Aside from the obvious value of contributing to the scientific portfolio of
what is known, the value of this edition is meaningful beyond the eloquent
study designs and erudite principles presented by the superb cadre of authors.
Adolescence is already challenging. The addition of alcohol has only made it
It makes sense that effective remedies to this major public health and
societal challenge would be multifaceted, comprehensive, and guided by scientific
evidence. The scientific information in this edition provides ample contributions
to this effort.
Alcohol is the substance most frequently used by youth. According to 2002 data from Monitoring the Future (MTF), a nationally representative survey of youth, 78% of 12th graders, 67% of 10th graders and 47% of 8th graders reported consuming alcohol in their lives. Youth who drink may experience a range of adverse short and long-term consequences including academic problems such as lower grades or school failure, social problems, physical problems such as hangovers or medical illnesses, unwanted or unintended sexual activity, physical and sexual assault, memory problems, increased risk for suicide and homicide, alcohol-related car crashes and death from alcohol poisoning. Clearly, drinking by young people and its consequences presents a significant public health problem which must command attention. This volume of Recent Developments in Alcoholism focusing on alcohol consumption by adolescents and young adults is therefore extremely timely.