Facts on Teen Drug Abuse, Alcoholism and Smoking

The Effects of Drug Abuse on Teens

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Adolescence is a time of important physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development. Learning how to solve problems, build close friendships, make decisions, and handle responsibility are important during the teenage years.

Drug use interferes with teens' ability to learn and improve those skills. Whether it is , cigarettes, , or other illicit (illegal) drugs, the bottom line holds true: teens that use drugs put their future in danger.

Help prevent this from happening by opening the conversation with your teen regarding drug risk and avoidance. Below are some informational tips for you and your teen that may help support you in this conversation.

Teens, peer pressure, and drug use - Addiction Blog

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So if alcohol is a natural product, why do teens need to be concerned about drinking it? When people drink alcohol, it's absorbed into their bloodstream. From there, it affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), which controls virtually all body functions. Because experts now know that the human brain is still developing during our teens, scientists are researching the effects drinking alcohol can have on the teen brain.

How can you help your teen stand up to peer pressure and to prevent drug use

From a very young age, kids see advertising messages showing beautiful people enjoying life — and alcohol. And because many parents and other adults use alcohol socially — having beer or wine with dinner, for example — alcohol seems harmless to many teens.