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Alcohol consumption is one of the major risk factors for morbidity and mortality worldwide.1 In industrialized countries, drunkenness is more prevalent in adolescence and young adulthood than in any other life period2 and is a major risk factor for mortality and morbidity in this age group.3 More specifically, drunkenness has been associated with various adverse consequences and health problems such as fatal and nonfatal injuries, blackouts, suicide attempts, unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, academic failure, and violence.2,4 A responsive public health policy with respect to adolescent drunkenness requires evidence-based information about the change of this behavior over time.5
Kuntsche E, Kuntsche S, Knibbe R, et al. Cultural and Gender Convergence in Adolescent Drunkenness: Evidence From 23 European and North American Countries. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(2):152–158. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.191
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