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The Functions and Dysfunctions of Youth Alcohol Use

Dowdall, George W. PhD

Point/Counterpoint

Engels identifies several of the positive functions of youth alcohol use, but there are several dysfunctions that more than match those positive ones. The nutritional aspects of youth alcohol use are particularly important to specify. The Dietary Guidelines spell out the risks of youth alcohol use

George W. Dowdall, PhD, is professor of sociology at St. Joseph’s University. While a visiting lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health, he participated as a coauthor of the core scientific publications of its College Alcohol Study. He recently served as a Congressional fellow in the office of US Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. He has also worked in evaluating “Philadelphia Safe and Sound,” an initiative of the City of Philadelphia that addresses youth violence and substance abuse.

Corresponding author: George W. Dowdall, PhD, Department of Sociology, St. Joseph’s University, 5600 City Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131.

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.