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Designer drinks and drunkenness among schoolchildren

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 30 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1397

Study left several questions unanswered

  1. A Crawford,
  2. D T Allsop
  1. Director Renfrew Council on Alcohol, Community Services Centre, Paisley PA1 2TU
  2. Executive director Scottish Council on Alcohol, Glasgow G1 2NH

    EDITOR,—Neil McKeganey and colleagues report that 12–15 year olds who had recently consumed “new drinks” (white cider and fruit wines) reported having drunk most on the most recent occasion and were more likely to have been drunk than those who had consumed other drinks.1 Their study begs several questions.

    Firstly, was their sample made up of both sexes, and did they control for this?

    Secondly, how recent was “recent” drinking?

    Thirdly, how many of the children were occasional or regular …

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