Teenage Alcohol And Drug Abuse in Girls Is On The Rise!
Posted Jan 26 2011 1:27pm
Parents of teen girls beware! More and more teen girls are drinking and using drugs. Teenage alcoholism and teenage drug abuse is showing a frightening trend for girls. Parents beware!
Here are some statistics from a survey from the Partnership Attitude Tracks Study from 2009 compared to 2008 regarding teenage substance abuse:
There is an 11% increase of teen girls drinking compared to 2008.
There is a 29% increase of teen girls smoking marijuana.
More teen girls are using ecstasy.
53% of teen girls agreed that alcohol and drugs were a way to cope with problems (“forget your troubles”) .
Less girls looked upon illegal drug use in their peers in a negative light.
More teen girls (59%) drink alcohol than teen boys (52%).
Parents of teen girls wake-up! Be vigilant if your daughter has depression or anxiety. Teenage drug and alcohol abuse may also be an attempt to self-medicate attention deficit disorder. If your daughter has been through a break-up or social difficulties with girlfriends, she is more likely to be vulnerable to teenage alcoholism or teenage drug abuse.
Because teen girls are at risk for coping with stress by teenage substance abuse, make sure to be involved in your teen’s life so that you can get her professional help for any significant mood changes. Girls at this age respond well to individual therapy or group therapy. Be open to medication treatment for depression or anxiety in your teen, so she will not turn to alcohol or drug to self-medicate.