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Vol 2, No 1 (2005)
Review paper
Published online: 2004-12-08
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Substance use among adolescents

Barbara Stec
Psychiatria 2005;2(1):19-28.

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Vol 2, No 1 (2005)
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Published online: 2004-12-08

Abstract

Substance use among adolescents is a significant public health challenge in many countries. Tobacco, marijuana, and alcohol continue to be the most commonly abused drugs by teens and young adults. The aim of this study was to determine the percentage of contemporary adolescents smoking cigarettes, using alcohol and drugs and also which factors to some degree determine this status and frequency. The results point to a high risk of substance abuse in adolescents what should be a reason for concern. Smoking, drinking and using drugs by adolescents is an indicator of risk for depression, distress and risk-taking health-damaging behaviours. This article is based on available papers about substance use.

Abstract

Substance use among adolescents is a significant public health challenge in many countries. Tobacco, marijuana, and alcohol continue to be the most commonly abused drugs by teens and young adults. The aim of this study was to determine the percentage of contemporary adolescents smoking cigarettes, using alcohol and drugs and also which factors to some degree determine this status and frequency. The results point to a high risk of substance abuse in adolescents what should be a reason for concern. Smoking, drinking and using drugs by adolescents is an indicator of risk for depression, distress and risk-taking health-damaging behaviours. This article is based on available papers about substance use.
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Keywords

adolescence; substance use; tobacco; alcohol; drugs

About this article
Title

Substance use among adolescents

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 2, No 1 (2005)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

19-28

Published online

2004-12-08

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2005;2(1):19-28.

Keywords

adolescence
substance use
tobacco
alcohol
drugs

Authors

Barbara Stec

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