Drug expectations. Teens often have the wrong ideas about the
harmful effects of substances. And they often think that
"everybody does it" and so should they.
Early age at first use.
Using alcohol or other drugs at a young age greatly increases a teen's risk for
having an abuse problem.
Family risk factors
Teens are more likely to use alcohol or drugs if:
A parent uses or abuses alcohol or other substances.
A parent or teen has
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
They think their parents believe that teens experimenting with alcohol and drugs is expected and normal.
Their family has frequent conflict, physical or sexual abuse, or stress.
Parents aren't involved enough with their teens and don't supervise them. Harsh or
inconsistent punishment or being too lax also can increase the risk of alcohol and drug abuse.
Community risk factors
Access to substances in the home and community.
influence. A teen may want to fit in with a group of peers, and those peers use substances.
Promotion of alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs
by the media. The entertainment and other media show alcohol and cigarette
use as "cool" and as a way to gain popularity, success,
and sex appeal.
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March 12, 2014
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