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Health Psychology and the Media
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Short term preventive interventions by heath care providers that target hazardous
levels of alcohol consumption are shown to be effective in reducing alcohol consumption
for up to 2 years in heavy drinkers.
The target audience in the documentary was adolescents who as per the
writers are the group of people who drinks heavily. The legal minimum drinking age is
stated as 21, however, there still exits a problem on the sale, procession, and consumption
of alcohol among adolescents. This particular group of people is more vulnerable and at
risk considering the messages that bombards the media on the use of this substance.
Different figures were shown reflecting the results of the psychosocial treatment methods
carried on various individuals. The author investigated patterns of treatment completion
and outcome among a set of heavy drinking adolescents. Participants received a
cognitive-behavioral treatment that included education, relaxation, CR, and imaginal and
in vivo exposure. Fourteen percent of the sample (N = 8) did not complete treatment;
when completers were compared to dropouts on baseline characteristics, very few
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