1 in 3 adolescents begin drinking by end of 8th grade, says NIAAA

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has released a guide for healthcare professionals to help identify children and teenagers ages nine to 18 who are at risk for alcohol-related problems, provide brief counseling and refer them to treatment resources if that is indicated.

The details are provided by SAMHSA:

The evidence-based guide, Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide, includes a two-question risk assessment as well as links to resources for motivational interviewing. NIAAA developed the guide and supporting pocket guide in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Click here to download or order the guide at no cost