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A Parent’s Role in Adolescent Addiction

Everywhere that adolescents look on television, on billboards, in magazines, on the Internet, and the radio, they see messages about alcohol, sex, and drugs. They are constantly being exposed to these messages and are impacted by what they see, read, and hear. The things adolescents see in their every day lives may negatively affect their…

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Mental Illness Not Uncommon for Young Adults But Can Lead to Substance Abuse

Few people make it through the teen years wound-free. During this time, teens are taking their first individual steps socially, romantically, and even intellectually. This can be nerve-wracking for even the healthiest teen. The fears and vulnerabilities of adolescence make it a ripe period for developing mental illness. Studies reveal that one-quarter of young adults…

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Teen Drinking Leads to Lasting Deficits in Memory, Ability to Learn

New findings from a team of American researchers indicate that teenagers who engage in regular, intermittent drinking can unwittingly trigger lasting dysfunction in the hippocampus, a part of the brain responsible for learning and memory. How can teen drinking affect your teen? Doctors, researchers and public health officials are well aware that teenagers who drink…

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Why Do Teenagers Drink Alone?

New evidence from a team of American scientists indicates that teenage alcohol consumers may drink alone as a consequence of negative emotional states and an associated inability to resist alcohol intake. So, why do teenagers drink alone? Compared to people who drink in social settings with others, adults and teenagers who consume alcohol on their…