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Study establishes link between adolescent drinking and decreased grey matter volume
07-09   Study establishes link between adolescent drinking and decreased grey matter volume

Adolescent drinking is linked to changes in the metabolite profile, which is related to decreased brain grey matter volume, particularly in young females who consume alcohol in excess, says a recent study by the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. The findings throw light on the biological implications of drinking in young people, […]

Physically active teens more likely to abuse alcohol, drugs as they turn adults, says study
05-21   Physically active teens more likely to abuse alcohol, drugs as they turn adults, says study

An important part of one’s developing years and a major contributing factor toward a healthy adult life, high-intensity exercise is known to provide superior health benefits – both physical and psychological – to teenagers. However, a recent study by the Royal Australian and New Zealand School of Psychiatrists seems to say otherwise. According to the […]

Excessive drinking during late teens linked to liver problems in adulthood, says study
01-23   Excessive drinking during late teens linked to liver problems in adulthood, says study

Excessive drinking during teen years is often associated with harmful behavior like alcohol poisoning, accidents and injuries, aggressive and risk-taking behavior, and drug use and mental health issues among others. Drinking during the period has also been linked to an increased risk of liver damage during later years. According to a long-term study in Sweden, […]

Insomnia, a unique risk marker for alcohol abuse by early adolescents
11-16   Insomnia, a unique risk marker for alcohol abuse by early adolescents

Substance use and adolescent sleep are correlated, with higher substance abuse being responsible for reduced sleep and vice versa. However, not enough research has been done to establish the association between sleep and alcohol use among early adolescents, or on the effect of psychopathological symptoms (hostility, depression, anxiety, etc.) and parental monitoring. However, a recent […]

National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month: Comprehensive strategy needed to deal with opioid abuse in teenagers
09-12   National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month: Comprehensive strategy needed to deal with opioid abuse in teenagers

The opioid crisis has been ravaging the United States for the past few years. Studies have shown that teenagers are more vulnerable to opioid addiction due to a combination of factors. A look at the statistics by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), reveals a high nonmedical use of prescription opioids by teenagers. The […]

Perceptions about body image associated with compulsive substance abuse, says study
07-11   Perceptions about body image associated with compulsive substance abuse, says study

Adolescence is not just a growing-up phase, it is that period which involves physical changes and exploration of myriad aspects, including body image. Due to hormonal changes, adolescents frequently complain about weight issues or their perception regarding their various body parts. An analysis of their self-image might affect their self-esteem and attitude. Self-esteem is important […]

Alcohol Awareness Month: Miss Florida talks about alcohol addiction with teens
04-05   Alcohol Awareness Month: Miss Florida talks about alcohol addiction with teens

Underage drinking is a serious problem in the United States. The fact that development of the brain continues until people turn 25 shows why drinking is harmful to adolescents and young adults. Inability to make rational decisions and tendency to binge drink are common problems associated with underage drinking. According to the National Institute on […]

Depression, alcohol and marijuana can push adolescents toward synthetic marijuana
03-23   Depression, alcohol and marijuana can push adolescents toward synthetic marijuana

The percentage of high school and college students smoking marijuana in the United States is on the rise, say various reports. Studies say that consuming weed at this age can lead to various mental and behavioral problems like depression and schizophrenia. Looking at the situation, a recent study titled “Longitudinal Predictors of Synthetic Cannabinoid Use […]

The genetics of alcohol addiction
01-28   The genetics of alcohol addiction

The “addiction gene” is often misunderstood. Current research proves there is no single addiction gene. Rather, vulnerability to addiction is the result of many interrelated genes and biological differences. These factors can influence how an individual is affected, but do not present a direct cause in themselves. No one is born an addict. Despite genetic […]

Teenagers, relationships and the bottle makes three
12-10   Teenagers, relationships and the bottle makes three

Billy assumed that his friends only wanted to talk to him, to complain about him “being whipped,” ever since he began seeing Jessica; how he has spent less time with his friends and more time with her. However, his friends were more concerned with his increased drinking habits and substance abuse at parties. Billy’s friends […]

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