Risk factors for substance abuse among teens

KYW Staff
November 01, 2019 - 4:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Substance abuse is a critical issue for all age groups, including for adolescents.

An important approach to helping with issues is to look at potential risk factors. 

A very interesting study has found that adolescent girls who reach puberty early and have inadequate parental supervision tend to begin drinking alcohol earlier and binge-drink sooner than their peers. 

This is a major issue because we know that early use of alcohol is associated with teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. 

This certainly does not mean that a teenager who develops early will face these issues, but it is important because parents need to know statistics and how that can be used to counsel children.