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Underage Drinking: A Developmental Framework

A developmental framework for understanding and addressing the problem of underage alcohol consumption. It presents the rationale for a developmental approach, including striking age-related data on patterns of onset, prevalence, and course of alcohol use and disorders in young people, and examines the fundamental meaning of a developmental approach to conceptualizing underage drinking. This framework is part of a special issue of Pediatrics focused on underage drinking (Pediatrics; 2008).