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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...

Heavy Alcohol Consumption and Negative Teen Side Effects

When a teenager experiments with alcohol for the first time it’s called early initiation. This is a serious concern because many teens that use alcohol recreationally develop a dependence by the time they reach adulthood. In addition to the increased risk of addiction, there are many immediate risks associated with adolescent alcohol consumption, including risky sexual behaviors that can result in an unplanned...

Alcohol Advertising Heavily Targets African American Teens

Advertising focused on marketing alcohol and tobacco products requires careful regulation. The industry self-regulates marketing, including avoiding placing ads in the media most consumed by underage youth. However, because teenagers are heavy consumers of media, advertisers must be diligent about understanding the demographics of the media where they place ads. A new study by the Center on Alcohol Marketing and...

Teens Chugging Hand Sanitizers — Which Can Became 120-Proof Shot of Liquor

A few teenagers have shown up in California emergency rooms after consuming hand sanitizers in an effort to get drunk. What concerns officials is that it may be the beginning of a trend. There were zero cases like this last year, and there have been six so far just in the San Fernando Valley in the first four months of 2012. "There is no question that it is dangerous," said Cyrus Rangan, director of the...

Body Art Associated With Risky Behavior

Among young people, getting a tattoo or a body piercing may have become a sort of rite of passage as they age into adulthood. The general public, and especially those in older adulthood, may assume that young people covered in tattoos and piercings are "up to no good." Until recently, though, it’s been impossible to determine whether body art is associated with negative behaviors. A recent study...

Knowing Risks of Alcohol Poisoning Could Curb Behaviors

The holiday season is an opportune time for teens to party and get themselves in trouble. A recent Medical News Today report shares tips from AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and its Inside Alcohol Project. AAAS suggests that teens may be kept safer if they understand the risks they take on with underage drinking. Specialists note that most teens do not know their capacity for alcohol,...

Study Discovers Difference in Alcohol Response in Teens versus Adults

Heavy episodic drinking among teens carries with it a higher risk of developing alcohol-related problems. Teens who initiate drinking early are likely to continue drinking well into adulthood, exposing themselves longer to the alcohol that can increase risk for liver damage and certain cancers. Understanding the biological effects of heavy drinking during the teen years is important in developing effective...

College Administrators Learn How to Curb Holiday Drinking Incidents

With the holidays approaching, it would make sense that indulging in the occasional alcoholic beverage would be a common occurrence. At the same time, occasions for indulgence tend to increase, which would suggest increased drinking overall. The same could be said about Halloween on college campuses. As college students tend to still be on campus, it is not uncommon for them to engage in binge drinking or alcohol...

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