Growing up, getting drunk : development and prevention of adolescent alcohol use

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Alcohol use is the main cause of disease and death among adolescents in Europe. This is the first Dutch research that studied the effects of intensified enforcement of the age limits for alcohol use (formal control) and of making alcohol less available to adolescents via the social environment (informal control via parents and schools). Increasing the formal and informal control turned out to reduce the risk of intoxication in drinking adolescents. Given the upcoming decentralization of enforcement to municipalities, this means that the Dutch community must actively increase formal and informal control to reduce intoxication among adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Knibbe, Ronald, Supervisor
  • Engels, Rutger C. M. E., Supervisor, External person
  • van de Mheen, Dike, Supervisor
Award date14 Jun 2012
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs978-90-8891-426-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • adolescent alcohol use
  • intoxication
  • enforcement
  • formal control
  • informal control

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