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Risky single-occasion drinking amongst young people--definition, correlates, policy, and intervention: a broad overview of research findings.

V Murgraff, A Parrott, P Bennett
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/34.1.3 3-14 First published online: 1 January 1999


Risky single-occasion drinking (RSOD) has dire consequences upon health and well-being including unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS, crime, and car accidents. The prevalence of RSOD among young people is alarming. Despite this, as yet, a review of existing literature on RSOD amongst young people is lacking. This article will provide an overview of this area of research focusing on the definition of RSOD, its prevalence among young people, health and behavioural effects of RSOD, the perceived risk of RSOD among young people, and interventions to reduce RSOD in young people. In addition, recommendations are made for health educators interested in reducing the incidence of RSOD in young people.