Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse (cont.)
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Facts About Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse
How substance use affects teens’ health
Teens' use of substances (except for inhalants and prescription opiates) has dropped in recent years. But substance use still remains a leading cause of injury and death in young people. It also causes long-term social and health problems.1
Growth and development can be affected by tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Teens who abuse these substances may have trouble finding their identity, building relationship skills, and becoming emotionally stable. They also may have trouble preparing for their future. Substance abuse can affect memory and learning, which can harm a teen's schoolwork.
And substance use can grow very quickly from experimenting or occasional use to abuse and addiction in teens at risk.
The leading cause of death for teens and young adults is car crashes related to alcohol. Drinking also can lead teens to have unprotected sex. This raises the chance of pregnancy and infection with sexually transmitted infections, such as herpes, chlamydia, and HIV.
About 38% of teens have tried marijuana one or more times, and about 19% of teens currently use marijuana.2 Marijuana can hinder memory, problem-solving, and learning. It can also cause mood swings, anxiety, and depression.
Other substances teens abuse include:
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