Children, young people and alcohol: how they learn and how to prevent excessive use

Richard Velleman
30th Oct 2009

What influences how children and young people behave towards alcohol.

What influences how children and young people behave towards alcohol.

Two linked research reviews examine:

  • how young people acquire their knowledge, attitudes, expectations and intentions about alcohol, and:
  • what interventions work best to prevent excessive use of alcohol.

'Influences on how children and young people learn about and behave towards alcohol: A review of the literature for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (part one)' looks in detail at the influences on children, including family processes and structures, peers, marketing and cultural representations, and other major forces such as religion, school and community.

Alcohol prevention programmes: A review of the literature for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (part two) reviews what interventions have been attempted to try to prevent excessive use of alcohol by young people, summarises the findings and suggests how a universal prevention programme might be delivered.

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