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Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide

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Although 1 in 3 children starts drinking by the end of 8th grade, only about half of young people who see a physician are asked about their drinking. To help address this issue, NIAAA’s new Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide offers resources to help pediatricians and other health care providers easily identify youth at risk for alcohol-related problems. Produced in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Practitioner’s Guide focuses on children ages 9–18. It includes two powerful screening questions to help identify children at risk. A youth alcohol “risk estimator chart” then assists with triage by showing which patients are at lower, moderate, or highest risk for alcohol-related harm. The Practitioner’s Guide also provides manageable interventions with efficient response strategies for each risk level. Other wrap-around resources include information on confidentiality, finding youth treatment, and tips for conducting brief motivational interviewing. Each Practitioner’s Guide includes a handy pocket version that summarizes key information. The 40-page Practitioner’s Guide and its pocket version are available at www.niaaa.nih.gov/YouthGuide.