How does stress affect drug use and drinking in teenage girls?

Michele Borba
There is a direct correlation between stress and teenage alcohol abuse among girls. The 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) found that stress is the main reason teen girls are using drugs. Girls also related that they are using drugs as a way to cope with problems at home. This confirms research from varying sources showing teen stress is mounting as well as teen depression.

Keep a lid on the stress at home. Find ways to cope as a family (walking, exercising, eating healthier, sticking to a sleep routine).

Teach coping strategies and stress reducers to your teen (yoga, deep breathing, stress management techniques).

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