The prescription drug Adderall is favored by college students looking to improve academic performance and keep up with hectic schedules. Adderall first entered the market in 1996 as direct competition for Ritalin, which had long been used to help manage symptoms of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Alcohol consumption and drug use are relatively common activities on college campuses across the U.S. In a study published in December 2013 in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, a team of American researchers investigated the connection between alcohol use and drug use among college students. These researchers found that the interaction between drug intake and alcohol intake in any given college student falls into one of four categories. They also found that even students with a relatively low level of alcohol intake can experience significant alcohol-related harms.
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.
A recent editorial appeared in the Canadian Medical Association Journal asking questions about the wisdom of unregulated alcohol advertising, especially ad campaigns that target a young, female audience. The editorial suggested that the alcohol industry be required to include health warnings in each piece of advertising, alerting young girls to the dangers of drinking. Young girls are responding to the advertising push, but may be ignorant of the inherent risks to their sex.
Important truths about teen alcohol and drug use may come as a surprise to many parents and school officials – especially in terms of the age at which teens start developing patterns that may indicate lifetime use.
The average American teen tests their first glass of alcohol when they are between 14 and 15 years old. For some of these adolescents, their first tastes might just be a curious moment, but for others it may lead into a habit of experiencing heavy drinking binges. Studies show that the earlier in life an individual is exposed to alcohol and begins drinking heavily, the more risk they have of suffering from a serious alcohol-related problem later in life.
College students who engage in heavy drinking often complain the next day about suffering from a hangover. A hangover usually includes such symptoms as dehydration, nausea and headache, and occurs after the alcohol has been processed through the body.
In the world of alcohol consumption, there tends to be those who enjoy a steady stream of alcoholic fluids running through their systems, and others who prefer to only drink at certain times when they can consume as much alcohol as possible.
Is it true that happiness declines with age? For those young men who believe so, they are more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as binge drinking. This misguided negative view is examined in a recent Science Daily post.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has agreed to fund a $3 million study on lesbian health. The research, spearheaded by University of Illinois, Chicago professor of health systems science Tonda Hughes, will provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date statistics from Hughes’s original study conducted ten years ago.