Teens and dating: It’s not just catching a pizza and a movie anymore. Research indicates it may bring higher levels of anxiety, depression and overall stress that could cause critical impacts during developmental years. When sexual activity is involved among teens, the feelings of sadness and depression can be even stronger.
If you think back to this past summer’s reporting on the crowds who waited in pre-dawn blackness to be the first to buy the new iPhone, then you won’t be surprised by a group of studies which reveal just how addicted young people are to their mobile internet devices. The studies focused on college students and examined how and why they depend so heavily upon digital devices.
New reports from our nation’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration show that while use of many kinds of illicit drugs has declined, marijuana use continues to climb. The abuse of marijuana is particularly entrenched among young adults in this country. Two studies, one twenty plus years old and another conducted within the past year, demonstrate how using substances like alcohol and marijuana places young adults at an increased risk for unwise sexual behavior and the negative consequences attached.
Caffeine is an active ingredient in many of the world’s most popular beverages – including coffee, tea and a wide range energy drinks and sodas-as well as in chocolate and certain other foods. Much of this substance’s popularity stems from its ability to stimulate the central nervous system, which includes your brain and spinal cord. While most people don’t often think of their favorite foods and drinks in chemical terms, caffeine’s ability to alter normal nervous system function technically qualifies it as a type of drug. As with other drugs, excessive use of caffeine can potentially harm your health in a number of ways.
According to a recent article, your emotional memory may remain intact at the time of alcohol intoxication but a study shows the intoxication may impair your ability to recall explicit images. The study examined the two different kinds of memory: implicit and explicit.
Binge drinking is excessive drinking during a single occasion. Binging is known as having five, or even more drinks for a man and four or more drinks at once for a woman. Women and men metabolize alcohol at different rates and that is why drink ratios for them differ. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that roughly 16 percent of American adults engage in binge drinking on an almost weekly basis. The problem is becoming more complicated as young people, determined not to gain weight, fast from eating before a night of heavy drinking. The phenomenon has been dubbed drunkorexia by academics studying the habit.
Binge drinking is most popular among 18 to 34 year olds. This may be an instance where you don’t drink much on a regular basis, but when you do, you end up getting intoxicated or make decisions you normally would not had you been sober.
Disordered eating behaviors have their roots in many different areas. Many individuals who are eventually diagnosed with an eating disorder can pinpoint when they began to lose control. What begins as a simple change to avoid a few calories becomes unmanageable and the disorder takes over.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), eight percent of younger teens and 30 percent of older teens engage in binge drinking in the course of one month’s time. In fact, nearly 15 percent of teens who participate in underage drinking, drink excessively enough to qualify as binge drinkers. Government statistics tell us that 33 percent of 12th graders and over 40 percent of university students report binge drinking in the last 14 days.
The phrase social network has taken on a particular meaning in today’s common parlance. Today when you use the words social network, people assume that you are referring to social media connections such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or LinkedIn. However these words also have a different meaning.