Use of alcohol, cigarettes, inhalants,
and other drugs among adolescents is a major concern for parents. Preteens and
teens are starting to use harmful and illegal substances at younger ages. Teen
drinking, smoking, and drug use can affect general health, physical growth,
emotional development, and school performance. You can recognize and respond to
substance use by:
- Knowing the signs of substance use.
- Discussing substance use with your teen.
appropriate treatment if your teen has an abuse problem.
More information about alcohol and drug use problems can
be found in the following topics: