Teens Dependent on Marijuana and Alcohol Struggle with Success Later in Life
are dependent on marijuana and alcohol struggle to achieve hallmarks of adult
success, such as graduating from college, getting married, having a full-time
job and earning a good salary, a new study finds.
at the University of Connecticut tracked 1,165 study participants, starting at
age 12. They checked in on them at two-year intervals, until they were between
25 and 34 years old, HealthDay
reports. Most of the participants had a grandparent, parent, aunt or uncle with
an alcohol problem. Marijuana and alcohol dependence appeared to have a more
severe effect on young men.
should try to delay their children’s onset of use as much as possible,” said
researcher Victor Hesselbrock. “If you can push regular use back well into
adolescence, the kids do a lot better.”
was presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.
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