American Journal of Public Health
Adolescent drinking and other drug use remain major public health problems in this country, despite some encouraging declines in the prevalence of use.1-7 Alcohol use among adolescents is widespread (e.g., 88% of 12th graders reported any lifetime use in 1992), even though drinking is illegal for essentially all high school students.3 Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for adolescents,8 with one third to one half of such crashes involving alcohol.9 Furthermore, early onset of alcohol and tobacco use is a risk factor for progression to more serious forms of drug use.10
Peny, Cheryl L.; Williams, Carolyn L.; Veblen-Mortenson, Sara; Toomey, Traci L.; Komro, Kelli A.; Astine, Pamela S.; McGovern, Paul G.; Finnegan, John R.; Forster, Jean L.; Wagenaar, Alexander C.; and Wolfson, Mark, "Project Northland: Outcomes of a Communitywide Alcohol Use Prevention Program during Early Adolescence" (1996). Project Summaries. 14.
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