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Physician Advice to Adolescents About Drinking and Other Health Behaviors

posted Mar 5, 2013, 7:52 AM by Anastasia Quinn Keck   [ updated Mar 5, 2013, 9:49 AM ]
This report assessed the proportion of 10th graders in the United States who saw a physician in the past year and were asked about their drinking.  36% of the youth, averaging 16 years old, reported drinking in the past month, 28% reported binging, and 23% reported drunkenness.  Seven percent reported being drunk and five percent reported binge drinking, six or more times a year. In the past year, 82% of tenth graders saw a doctor. Of that group, 54% were asked about drinking, 40% were advised about related harms, and 17% were advised to reduce or stop. Efforts are warranted to increase the proportion of physicians who follow professional guidelines to screen and counsel adolescents about unhealthy alcohol use and other behaviors that pose health risks.  The study’s findings are published in the January 28, 2013, online issue of Pediatrics. The documents can be read in their entirety by visiting the following link: