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Use of alcohol, cigarettes, inhalants,
and other drugs in adolescents is a major concern for parents. Preteens and
teens are starting to use harmful and illegal substances at younger ages. Drinking, smoking, and drug use can affect your child's general health. They can also affect physical growth,
emotional development, and school performance. You can recognize and respond to
substance use by:
If you think
your teen may be using substances, look for warning signs. They include:
If you think that
your teen has begun to experiment with alcohol or other substances:
Your teen may be
having problems in school, at home, with relationships, or with the law
related to substance use. These difficulties point to a substance abuse problem. If you think
your teen is using any substance regularly or daily—such as alcohol, cigarettes, inhalants, or
other drugs—don't ignore it. This use is serious. It should
not be denied or minimized. Frequent or regular use of a substance can quickly
lead to physical or psychological dependence. Or your teen may already be dependent on the substance.
To help your teen:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerPatrice Burgess, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerPeter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
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