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Alarming facts about teen drug and alcohol abuse

10-25 | By CSAA Team

Alarming facts about teen drug and alcohol abuse

The teen years are a time of experimentation and unfortunately, drugs and alcohol are often tried for the first time during those impressionable years. Teens fall prey to the temptations of alcohol and drugs for many reasons, such as peer pressure, academic expectations and a wish to be popular and fit in among their friends. Following are some facts regarding teen drug and alcohol use:

Alcohol abuse

Alcohol is a commonly abused substance and is used more than any other illegal drug by teens in the United States. The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) highlighted that in 2014, 8.7 million underage people aged 12 to 20 reported drinking alcohol in the past month, including 5.3 million of them reported binge alcohol use and 1.3 million reported heavy alcohol use.

A 2016 study titled “Dangers that teens and kids face: A look at the data,” by Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan American fact tank has provided some eye-opening statistics.

Here are some important statistics related to alcohol abuse by teens:

  • More than 67 percent of 12th graders have used alcohol
  • More than 37 percent of 12th graders have drunk alcohol in the last month
  • More than 23 percent of 10th graders have drunk alcohol in the last month

Data for high school students is as follows:

  • More than 35 percent have drunk some alcohol
  • More than 20 percent are used to binge drinking, often drinking more than the prescribed limits.
  • More than 22 percent were in cars driven by a drunk driver
  • More than 10 percent got behind the wheel after drinking

Marijuana use

In terms of acceptance, marijuana is the most popular illicit drug among teens. As of 2015, high school seniors are as prone to smoke marijuana as they are to drink alcohol. The 2016 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of drug use and attitudes among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in the U.S showed some staggering statistics of marijuana use among teens as given below:

  • More than 35 percent of 12th graders smoked marijuana in the past year.
  • More than 21 percent of 12th graders smoked marijuana in the last month.
  • More than16 percent of 10th graders smoked marijuana in the last month.
  • About 6 percent of 12th graders use marijuana daily
  • More than 80 percent of 12th graders believe that it is easy to get marijuana
  • Only 32 percent of 12th graders think that smoking marijuana regularly is harmful

Other illicit drugs

The list of abused substances does not end with marijuana or alcohol. In fact, there are many more illicit drugs in use by teens.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), highlights some popular drugs that are being abused by teens like amphetamines, Adderall, opioids painkillers, synthetic marijuana, tranquilizers, ecstasy (MDMA), LSD, cocaine etc.

Seek treatment for curbing addiction

Numerous deaths and serious ailments occur due to drug and alcohol abuse in teens and there are many programs in effect to attempt reduce substance use. While the figures are an eye-opener, do not presume that your teen is not at risk. If you discover that your teen is abusing drugs or alcohol, take him/her to the best substance abuse treatment centers in Colorado.

To learn more about  substance abuse treatment programs in Colorado, seek assistance from the Colorado Substance Abuse Advisors. You may call our 24/7 substance abuse helpline (866) – 300-5857 or chat with our representatives online to know anything related to substance abuse treatment anytime. The sooner treatment begins, the more successful the outcome can be.

 

 


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