Mixing stimulants and depressants sounds dangerous even to the untrained mind, but one academic is using the prestigious British Medical Journal to criticize research that claims this danger is more than we realize.
From the time a person first enters adolescence up until their middle 20s, their brain undergoes an inconsistent pattern of formation and development. Understanding the way in which the teen brain develops can help gain insight into why teens behave as they do and what unique dangers they face if they choose to use substances like drugs or alcohol.
Peer pressure is often cited as a common reason for initiating alcohol consumption or for choosing to binge drink in a social situation. In prevention and education programs, young people are taught strategies for resisting peer pressure and role play using the tools they are equipped with to fight against peer pressure.
A recent study shares new insights into how a person’s level of support from their peers may impact their choices to consume alcohol during their college years. Experts know the time period during young adulthood is one of experimentation, but the study is one of only a few to explore in detail how personal connections and peer groups might distinctly influence levels of alcohol consumed.
When teens use substances like tobacco and alcohol, they increase their risk for immediate and long-term negative consequences. Teens who drink can increase their risk for injury and dangerous sexual behaviors in the short term, and can increase the likelihood that they will develop liver disease and cancer in the long term.
Noss, Monster, and Red Bull, are just a few of the energy drinks currently favored by teens. Though some advertising of energy drinks is directed toward older consumers, much of it focuses on more youthful buyers. The drinks are so popular among teens that some estimate that as many as one half of all teenagers are drinking them. Unfortunately, the drinks are particularly unhealthy for teens and young adults, especially when they are combined with alcohol.
Excessive alcohol consumption and underage drinking are serious ongoing concerns in colleges and universities throughout the United States. Personal and social harms associated with these drinking patterns include accidental injuries and deaths, physical and sexual assaults, suicide attempts, drunk driving and involvement in unsafe sex. Unfortunately, health officials at colleges and universities often encounter difficulty when trying to identify and counsel students at risk for alcohol-related problems. According to the results of a study published in 2011 in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, displays of drinking-related behaviors on publicly viewable social media profiles act as clear indicators of problematic alcohol consumption in college-age populations. Regular reviews of these public profiles may give health officials a new tool to identify at-risk students.
The biggest question surrounding drug and alcohol use has been who or what is to blame for the disease of addiction. Were the drugs themselves responsible, possessing qualities that made it impossible for people to resist them? Or were certain individuals simply weak, engaging in self-destructive behavior because they enjoyed it and didn’t really want to stop?
Product placement in movies can range from overt to subtle. While some products, such as a particular brand of car featured in a movie, can simply influence which vehicle a person chooses, other placements have a more important influence.
ADHD is the common abbreviation for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which typically begins in childhood and sometimes continues into adulthood. People with the disorder exhibit varying degrees of impulsive or hyperactive behavior and/or an inability to stay focused and maintain attention. A variety of modern studies have linked childhood ADHD with increased risks for substance abuse in both adolescence and adulthood, as well as increased risks for smoking. ADHD-affected individuals with either of two childhood conditions-conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder-have especially high risks for later participation in both substance abuse and smoking.