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The Sciences

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Cross-cultural comparisons of Irish and American adolescent drinking practices and beliefs. "The drinking behavior and alcohol expectancies of 168 Irish adolescents aged 15-18 were compared with those of a group of American adolescents matched on age and sex. The Irish adolescents reported less frequent social drinking and less problematic drinking. However, unlike American adolescents, those Irish youth who did drink in a social, frequent manner also reported drinking-related problems. Irish adolescents expect less social benefit, less improvement of cognitive and motor functioning and less sexual enhancement, but greater increase in aggression as a consequence of drinking.These findings are discussed as possible etiological clues to established differences between Irish adult drinking and drinking by adults in other countries."


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