The paper describes history and evolution of out patient’s departments for alcoholism, with reference to national and regional norms and laws. Cultural and epistemic factors has been very important toward the develop of department’s system, and made a strong influence on their organization. Epidemiological data shows that young people don’t approach out patient’s department and get little intake with therapeutic network. It is necessary therefore to improve specific opportunities for young people, particularly for those who are harmful and hazardous consumers. It suggests some useful criteria to identify good practices for young people’s approach and treatment.
Keywords: Alcohol, alcohol treatment, alcoholism, youth, risky consumption, harmful consumption