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Sneaky Warning Signs That Your Teen May Be Using Drugs

Posted on September 25, 2015 in Adolescents

Sneaky Warning Signs That Your Teen May Be Using Drugs

If you’re one of those parents who thinks her teen would never in a million years use drugs, and you cite her straight-A report card and extracurricular activities as proof, you could be making a dangerous assumption. Forty-nine percent of 12th graders have at least tried an illicit substance. Even good students and well-rounded teenagers experiment with drugs. Instead of assuming your child would never use drugs, be aware. Know both the physical and behavioral signs of drug use and watch for them in your teen.

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Smartphone App Shows Promise for Reducing Binge Drinking in Youths

Posted on October 29, 2014 in Teen Drinking

Smartphone App Shows Promise for Reducing Binge Drinking in Youths

Binge drinking, a form of alcohol consumption geared toward the rapid attainment of legal intoxication, is a relatively common and seriously harmful behavior among older teenagers and younger adults in the U.S. In a study published in September 2014 in the journal Substance Abuse, a team of Italian and British researchers investigated the potential usefulness of a smartphone application in helping young people reduce their binge drinking involvement. The app under consideration seeks to relay the known risks of this pattern of alcohol intake in a convenient, easily understandable format.

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Which Alcohol Control Strategies Appeal to Young People?

Posted on September 29, 2014 in Teen Drinking

Which Alcohol Control Strategies Appeal to Young People?

Alcohol control strategies are techniques and approaches used to limit the risks for involvement in patterns of drinking that significantly boost exposure to serious alcohol-related harm. The individual can implement some of these strategies, while others come from governments, public health organizations or other private or public institutions. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, a team of British researchers examined the attitudes that young adults and teenagers maintain toward alcohol control strategies. Specifically, they wanted to know which strategies young people think might help reduce one’s risk for drinking problems.

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Alcohol Marketers May Ignore Important Data

Posted on July 3, 2014 in alcohol and drug addiction

Alcohol Marketers May Ignore Important Data

Underage drinking was the focus of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence’s (NCADD) 2014 Alcohol Awareness Month, held in April. During the event, various agencies worked together to promote public awareness and understanding, as well as launching efforts to reduce stigma, provide information about the risks of alcohol consumption, and promote treatment options for alcohol use disorders.

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Is Your Teen Abusing Alcohol or Drugs? What You Can Do to Help

Posted on July 1, 2014 in Teen Drug Addiction

Is Your Teen Abusing Alcohol or Drugs? What You Can Do to Help

Alicia is a bright high school sophomore who’s frequently teased because she’s overweight. Josh is a junior; the science nerd who excels in academics but silently struggles to fit in socially. Sarah is a pretty senior who’s liked by everyone and bound for a top notch college. Zach, a junior, is an introverted athlete who excels at every sport he plays.

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Graduation and Alcohol Abuse: The Influence of Parents

Posted on June 10, 2014 in Teen Drinking

Graduation and Alcohol Abuse: The Influence of Parents

Graduation is an exciting time in the lives of teens as well as in the lives of their parents. Like other important rites of passage, such as going to prom or getting a driver’s license, reaching the milestone of completing high school or college is often accompanied by intense feelings of excitement. For many teens, these feelings are also accompanied by the use or abuse of alcohol or other drugs.

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Early Alcohol Use Puts Young People at Risk

Posted on May 28, 2014 in Teen Drinking

Early Alcohol Use Puts Young People at Risk

Introducing alcohol to kids aged 18 and younger can be dangerous. In addition, contrary to what some parents may believe, allowing young people to consume alcohol does not provide any supposed benefits.

This is according to a recent study that cautions parents to keep alcohol away from their children as it can lead to struggles with alcoholism, which will require treatment, later in life. Some parents mistakenly believe that teaching a child the responsible approach to drinking will help them develop more cognitive abilities to manage their alcohol use. Unfortunately, that’s not how the brain works.

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Many Teens Need Substance Abuse Rehab, Few Get It

Posted on May 6, 2014 in Teen Treatment

Many Teens Need Substance Abuse Rehab, Few Get It

According to an extensive 2008 study, teens ages 12 to 17 showed the highest percent of drug use with just over 60 percent surveyed saying they had a dependence issue with an illicit drug. The 18 to 25 age group reported a dependence rate of 37 percent while people 26 and older were dependent at a rate near 25 percent.

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Parents drinking alcohol in front of their kids

Posted on March 11, 2014 in Teen Drug Addiction

Parents: Are You Unknowingly Encouraging Substance Abuse?

No parent wants their children to use drugs or alcohol, yet they may be doing and saying things (or not saying them) which affect their children’s attitudes toward substances in surprising ways. Without realizing it, parents can be influencing their children toward a more accepting attitude about drugs and alcohol. Here are some pitfalls for all parents to consider.

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Teens alcoholism signs

Posted on January 10, 2014 in Teen Drinking

Could Your Teen Be an Alcoholic?

Alcohol is the substance most frequently abused by teenagers in America. According to medical reports, 14 percent of teens admit to having been drunk at least once in the past 12 months.  Eight percent of teens who drink, binge drink, meaning they consume five or more drinks at one sitting.

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