Why do some teens choose to drink and use other drugs?

Teens' decision to drink alcohol or use other drugs is influenced by:

  • If alcohol or other drugs are easy to get
  • If parents, neighborhood adults, or friends disapprove of teen drinking or other drug use
  • If parents provide teens with alcohol or other drugs
  • If they see teen alcohol or other drug use as dangerous
  • If they think teens who drink alcohol or use other drugs will be caught by the police
  • If they think they would be caught by their parents if they used alcohol or other drugs
  • If there is a lot of alcohol or tobacco advertising
  • If they experienced violence, mental illness, or drug use in their household

Sources

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-adolescent-substance-use-disorder-treatment-research-based-guide/introduction

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17485618

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16389206

https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUHresults2012/NSDUHresults2012.pdf

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1. How many teens in Schuyler County use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs?
2. What are the consequences of teen substance use?
3. Why do some teens choose to drink and use other drugs?
4. What can I do to reduce teen use of alcohol and other drugs?
5. I'm worried about someone's alcohol or other drug use. Where can I find help?
6. How did SCCUDD start?
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