Alcohol and its acceptance in society vary from country to country. In the UK alcohol is widely accepted as a vital ingredient to many social events. Most people drink responsibly not putting themselves or others at risk, however excessive alcohol consumption can be harmful. Drinking has a minimum legal limit of eighteen years of age, but in reality the majority of the population of the UK are introduced to alcohol earlier than this. Young adults often indulge in binge drinking (BD) a pattern of alcohol consumption seen in many N. European countries with recent studies suggesting that the UK has the 2nd highest rate in Europe.5
The aim is to apply search methods to find articles relevant to the subject matter and analyse them accordingly.
Using a variety of search tools like Science Direct, NHS Athens and PubMed, a wide collection of articles were found around alcohol, addiction and the youth. After applying filters and criteria like year of publication, the number of accepted articles for use was narrowed.
The results of the Science Direct search produced four usable articles. An article from a previous health promotion presentation was also used. After applying criteria like a CASP table three articles were discarded leaving one paper from the Science Direct database search and the previously owned article.
The Government needs to invest in effective Public Health strategies for harm reduction, engaging with health providers, service users, voluntary agencies, the legal profession, the drinks industry and the judicial system to promote safe drinking through a range of positive actions. Screening tools need to be employed to identify problems at an early stage and to target specific interventions to those at risk of progressing to harmful drinking patterns. A cohesive approach between all of these interested parties should facilitate change and improvement for a more positive approach to drinking in society