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Alcoholism & Addiction

Most Teens Who Smoke Marijuana Pair It With Alcohol

Alcohol and marijuana are the two most frequently used and abused substances among U.S. teens. Apart from their separate effects, the two substances pose special risks when used together. In a study published in November 2013 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of American researchers sought to determine how many teenagers simultaneously use alcohol and marijuana. These researchers also examined the...

Teen Drinking Crosses all Borders

Teen drinking is often stereotyped as a Western phenomenon, with movies typically portraying American teenage parties at homes where the parents are away. A recent study, however, highlights that teen drinking is a global problem, with young people everywhere using alcohol as a social currency. Drinking buys a teen into certain crowds of friends and often purchases acceptance. The currency of alcohol also purchases...

High School Football Star Killed in Drunk-Driving Crash

Steven Dankos and Thomas Erdman, both football stars at Howard County’s River Hill High in Maryland, were best friends. Both 17, Dankos started every game at offensive right guard, and team captain Erdman was left guard. After losing an important playoff game Friday—ending the team’s 40-game winning streak—Dankos and Erdman went out partying Saturday night. According to the Washington Post,...

Study Measures Parents Awareness of Teen Substance Use

Parents can play a significant role in a youth’s likeliness of tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use. The first step in being a positive influence is to be aware of what their youth is doing on a daily basis, who they are hanging out with and where they are spending most of their time. A report from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), Parent Awareness of Youth Use of Cigarettes, Alcohol and...

Report Examines Alcohol Consumption of Underage Drinkers

In the war on drugs and the subsequent war on underage drinking, educators, parents and policymakers are still trying to understand why alcohol continues to be a problem for minors. In order to reverse current trends, a deeper understanding of how young people drink, where they obtain their alcohol and where they drink the alcohol is important. In a National Survey on Drug Use & Health report: Underage Alcohol...

When to Start Talking to Your Kids About Alcohol and Drugs

As parents of young children, you might think that any discussion about drugs and alcohol is a long way off. Think again. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), more than 50 percent of young people have used an illegal drug by the time they leave high school. The average age when a child first uses alcohol is 11. For marijuana, the average age is 12. For many children, curiosity about alcohol and...

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