Reasons for Adolescent Substance Use

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Reasons for Adolescent Substance Use
Just like adults, adolescents use substances for a variety of reasons.
Reasons why adolescents drink and use drugs include:
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To relax
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To feel good
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Out of curiosity
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To heighten their mood
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To reinforce gender identity
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To feel a sense of belonging
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To cope with trauma
The disinhibiting effects of many drugs may also help overcome
shyness with the opposite sex and encourage the development of
relationships.
In a 2004 report by Louise Hayes et al, it was determined that
parental influences can have a major impact on adolescent
substance use. The report concluded that:
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Delaying the age of uptake of alcohol may reduce the level of
alcohol-related harm experienced by drinkers and lower the
risk of a young person becoming a harmful drinker later on.
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It may help for parents to know that it is more appropriate to
introduce adolescents to alcohol in late rather that early
adolescence.
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Parents need to be educated in positive methods of parenting
adolescents and be informed about high levels of risky
drinking among adolescents
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