ERIC Number: ED255855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Adolescent Alcohol Abuse. Fastback Series No. 217.
This booklet examines the problem of alcohol use among American teenagers. The role that alcohol plays in adult society is presented and its potential danger for causing teenage alcohol addiction is considered. A discussion on why some teenagers abuse alcohol focuses on familial, peer, sociocultural, environmental, personality, and behavioral influences. Fourteen specific behaviors and characteristics which may be symptomatic of alcohol or drug abuse in students are identified. The literature and research in the areas of the current legal drinking age controversy, the problem of teenage drinking and driving, and the sometimes lethal result of mixing alcohol and other drugs are reviewed to help educators become better informed about issues impinging directly or indirectly on teenage alcohol use and abuse. Finally, the role of the school in the education, prevention, and treatment of adolescent alcohol use and abuse is considered in view of the many potential individual and societal problems caused by alcohol. (NRB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Alcohol Education, Alcoholism, Drinking, Family Influence, Peer Influence, Personality Traits, Prevention, School Role, Student Behavior
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth Street and Union Avenue, Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($0.75).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
Note: This fastback was sponsored by the Ohio State University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.