New Tool Screens for Early Alcohol Use
One in three teens reports drinking before the end of eighth grade, with at least half having been drunk, according to data from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. A new collaboration between the NIAAA and the American Academy of Pediatrics is prompting physicians to interview adolescent patients with a technique that may help prevent alcohol use or abuse in young people. Children are screened starting at age 9.
The program stresses empathy and a nonjudgmental stance to facilitate communication and guide young people away from potentially harmful behaviors.
For more information on teens and alcohol, go to www.niaaa.nih.gov/youthguide. Visit Doctors Gain New Alcohol Use Screening Tool to see the questions each age group is asked.