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Monday, March 5, 2012

Young people and alcohol: units knowledge & dry bars - two different perspectives

A study by Sussex University has reported that young people underestimate the amount of units in their typical drink.

Published in Drug and Alcohol Review, the study found young people underestimated unit content despite a good level of understanding of the recommended guidelines. Senior Psychology lecturer Dr Richard de Visser stated "Our results indicate that young people tend not to possess the knowledge or skills to drink alcohol in accordance with Government guidelines".

Nevertheless the apparent lack of knowledge about units by young people appears to be echoed by adults too - see an exploration of adult's knowledge of units and guidelines in the Statistics on Alcohol: England, 2011 report. The government has recently launched the

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