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20 April 2011

How children learn to say 'no'

Their numbers are rising, but their age is dropping: children and young adults who drink so much that they have to go to hospital.

Their numbers are rising, but their age is dropping: children and young adults who drink so much that they have to go to hospital. Binge drinking is sadly fashionable among the under 20-year-olds. But how can adolescents be effectively protected from alcohol and substance abuse?

In a new study based on about 1,700 school children, aged between 10 and 15 years from Thuringia (Germany), the Jena psychologists were able to show how effective their school-based training and information programme is in the prevention of alcohol and nicotine abuse among school children and adolescents. The Jena scientists presented the results of their study in the science magazine Journal of Early Adolescence.

 
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