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Published in Hu, J.H., (ed.), Proceedings of the First China International Symposium on Alcohol & Health, Shanghai, China, September 15-18, 2002 (pp. 91-101). Shanghai: WHO-Shanghai Collaborating Center for Health Education and Promotion.


For young people, alcohol used in ways prescribed by tradition and indigenous practices are suggested to be of lower risk than those encouraged by modem marketing and western images. Data from the USA and China are presented and discussed to support this hypothesis. Limited data suggest Chinese adolescents may be adopting higher-risk Western-style drinking practices and moving away from traditional drinking styles. It is suggested that policies which promote traditional and indigenous alcohol use should be encouraged and high-risk Western-style drinking practices discouraged.