NIH guide for screening underage drinkers – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Research shows that underage drinking has immediate and long term consequences: they include risk for alcohol dependence and both functional and structural changes in the brain, as well as injury and death. To help find children and teenagers at risk for alcohol-related problems, the NIH has released a guide for health care professionals to screen for underage drinkers.
Faden: The new guide introduces a two question screening tool.
Narrator: Dr. Vivian Faden is from the NIH.
Faden: One asked about personal drinking frequency. And the other asked about friends drinking.
Narrator: For more information on the guide, and alcohol related research, visit www.niaaa.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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