Alcohol: protecting the young, protecting society

Betsy Thom

in Growing up with risk

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347329
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302469 | DOI:
Alcohol: protecting the young, protecting society

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This chapter discusses how the protection of children from risk and the control of ‘risky’ youth behaviour have influenced the formation of alcohol policy in two historical periods: at the turn of the twentieth century and again at the turn of the twenty-first. Although both issues – protection and control – were important at both times, ‘protection’ has been chosen to illustrate policy approaches in the earlier period and ‘control’ for the later period. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, there was a strong emphasis on the protection of children from adult behaviour, including parental use of alcohol and the exposure of children to drink and drinking environments. By contrast, from the late tweneieth century till the present time, public concern has focused on young people who are seen as ‘out of control’, and policy responses aim to address the threat posed by young people's drinking to public health and social order.

Keywords: child protection; alcohol policy; young people; drinking; public health; social order

Chapter.  6815 words. 

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