Pattern of Hormonal Response to Chronic Ethanol Ingestion During Puberty

Implication for Primary Effects on the Testicular Seminiferous Epithelium
  • Ronald R. Watson
Part of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Reviews book series (DAAR, volume 6)


Although alcohol use among youth has decreased over the last 10 yr,1 it still remains substantial.2In 1987, this country contained over 300,000 alcoholics between the ages of 13 and 17 yr.3Several thousand students participated in a national survey conducted in 1990. Over 50% of 13-yr-old boys had consumed alcohol during the previous 30-d period. Nearly 30% reported heavy drinking during this period (≤5 drinks/occasion), and over one-third of 9th graders reported alcohol use before the age of 12.4In other countries, problems related to alcohol use among youth may be greater; nearly one-third of Swedish children recently hospitalized for acute alcohol intoxication were under 8 yr old.5 A study of male French adolescents revealed regular alcohol consumption by 28% of boys aged 13-14 yr. Six percent of this age group consumed more than 1 drink/d.6The prevalence of alcohol use among youth as a function of age has been compared to the spread of an epidemic disease.7


Luteinizing Hormone Sertoli Cell Leydig Cell Pubertal Development Chronic Ethanol 
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  • Ronald R. Watson
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  1. 1.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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