Authors' reply

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7069.1397b (Published 30 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1397
  1. Neil McKeganey,
  2. Alasdair Forsyth,
  3. Marina Barnard,
  4. Gordon Hay
  1. Director Research fellow Senior research fellow Research fellow Centre for Drug Misuse Research, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QG

    EDITOR,—A Crawford and D T Allsop raise several questions about our short report. Our sample was of mixed sex (49.9% boys, 50.1% girls); there was no significant difference in reported alcohol consumption between the sexes. We defined recent alcohol consumption as being consumption on the last occasion on which the schoolchildren consumed alcohol. With regard to the breakdown between “regular” and “occasional” drinkers, these terms are inherently ambiguous in this age group. We are criticised for …

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