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What are the risks to preteens of drug and alcohol addiction?

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 36 years experience
Below: Younger brains will have more pronounced neurotransmitter effect when exposed to the same amount of drug, which will lead to more significant establishment of cravings in persons who are more impulsive. Since brains are still developing, one may be moe likely to see long eterm neurological deterioration.
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Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Great: The risks are great for teen drug and alcohol abuse. I own and operate a detox clinic and will add that some of the teens I have seen have actually died from drug abuse. I went to the funeral for an unfortunate young man. Very sad. The best thing to do it to talk with your kids and don't stop talking, explaining that you do not approve of underage drinking and drug use.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the risk factors for alcohol addiction?

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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Heredity: 1 parent: Who's alcohol dependent means 34% more risk, 2 parents means 4x more risk, & 2 parents & grandfather means 9x more risk for a male. Environment: if everyone around you drinks, if drinking is considered respectable or expected, if you have lots of stress or emotional problems, or you self-medicate w/ alcohol, you are more likely to drink excessively. Longer habits become stronger.
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