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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Teen Alcohol and Drug Use

A new survey conducted recently had shocking findings regarding teen drug and alcohol abuse in the United States. The survey included more than 10,000 U.S. teenagers, the findings showed that by late adolescence, 78 percent had consumed alcohol, with nearly 15 percent meeting the criteria for alcohol abuse.

81 percent of those surveyed said they had the opportunity to use illicit drugs but only 42.5 percent report doing so. 16 percent were considered to be abusing drugs, HealthDay reports.

Age 14 through 15 was typically the starting age for drug and alcohol use, but those who started at age 14 were more likely to be abusing.

Bruce Goldman, Director of Substance Abuse Services at The Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, New York, stated to HealthDay that, “It is imperative that families, schools, police, youth groups, and communities all join together to prevent or delay the onset of substance use as long as possible. Social norms have a very powerful impact on drug-use patterns. We need to create norms where substance use and availability, especially for young people, is not acceptable.” Goldman was not involved in the study.

The findings are published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.


  1. Hi, Grate and Informative post, that's absolutely right, teenagers at risk for developing serious alcohol and drug problems include those with a family history of substance abuse, who are depressed.
    Dr. Mike Abrams
    PhD, MBA, ABPP psychologists nyc


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