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Health Risks of Alcohol and Substance Abuse.

Description

A pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering purposes.

​The use and abuse of drugs and alcohol by teens is very common and can have serious consequences. In the 15-24 year age range, 50% of deaths (from accidents, homicides, suicides) involve alcohol or drug abuse.                                                                                      

Drugs and alcohol also contribute to physical and sexual aggression such as assault or rape. Possible stages of teenage experience with alcohol and drugs include abstinence (non-use), experimentation, regular use (both recreational and compensatory for other problems), abuse, and dependency.

Repeated and regular recreational use can lead to other problems like anxiety and depression. Some teenagers regularly use drugs or alcohol to compensate for anxiety, depression, or a lack of positive social skills. 


Teen use of tobacco and alcohol should not be minimised because they can be "gateway drugs" for other drugs (marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, and heroin).

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