Adolescent Susceptibility to Substance Use

Hooper, Garrett (2013) Adolescent Susceptibility to Substance Use. [Abstract]

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) nearly three quarters of students (72%) in America have consumed alcohol by the end of high school, and more than one third (37%) have drank alcohol by eighth grade. SAMHSA reports that 17.4% of adolescents from ages 12-20 years old have self-reported binge drinking (more than five drinks) in the past month. The prevalence of adolescent substance use increases the importance for understanding how substance use affects the brain. This stage in human development consists of significant interrelated changes in cognition, physiological brain development, social influence, and affective changes. Disparity in development between the limbic system and the prefrontal cortex renders adolescents susceptible to the rewarding effects of alcohol and marijuana. Although adolescents seem doomed to poor decisions regarding substance use, various protective and preventative factors provide hope.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 8th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescents, Teenagers, Substance Abuse, Drug Use, Alcohol, Marijuana, cognition, physiological brain development, social influence, preventative factors
Subjects: NBS Symposium
Interdisciplinary > Pre-Health
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Psychology
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Public Health
School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 08 May 2013 10:07
Last Modified: 08 May 2013 10:07

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