Drugs and Alcohol Abuse - Adolescence - Drug and Alcohol Abuse

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  • Addiction and dependence
  • Effects of drugs and alcohol
  • Prevention and control


Adolescence and Drug/Alcohol Abuse: 

  • Adolescence means both ‘a period’ and ‘a process’ during which a child becomes mature in terms of his/her attitudes and beliefs for effective participation in society. 
  • Adolescence is defined as the time span between the ages of 12 and 18. In other words, adolescence serves as a transitional period between childhood and adulthood. 
  • Adolescence brings with it a slew of biological and behavioural changes. As a result, adolescence is a particularly susceptible period in a person's mental and psychological development. 

⇒ Causes of drug/alcohol use in Adolescence: 

  • Curiosity, the need for adventure and excitement, and experimentation constitute common causes. 
  • Natural curiosity motivates him/her to experiment. 
  • The first use of drugs or alcohol may be out of curiosity or experimentation, but later the child starts using these to escape facing problems. 
  • Stress, from pressures to excel in academics or examinations 
  • It is ‘cool’ or progressive to smoke, in youth.
  • Television, movies, newspapers, the internet also help to promote this perception. 
  • Unstable or unsupportive family structures and peer pressure.
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