adolescent

Alcohol Availability, Use, and Harms Among Adolescents in Three Mexican Cities.

Citation
Ringwalt, C. L., Paschall, M. J., Grube, J. W., Miller, T. R., Warren, K. R., Gidi, V., Fisher, D. A., & Goldberg, A. (2020). Alcohol Availability, Use, and Harms Among Adolescents in Three Mexican Cities. Journal of Drug Education, 49(1–2), 55–68. https://doi.org/10.1177/0047237920929331

Alcohol consumption contributes to 3 million deaths each year globally as well as to the disabilities and poor health of millions of people. 

Alcohol use among adolescents can be harmful to neurodevelopment and has been linked to an increased risk of suicide ideation, depression, and risky sexual behaviour.

Alcohol and Cannabis Use and the Developing Brain

Citation
Lees, B., Debenham, J., & Squeglia, L. M. (2021). Alcohol and Cannabis Use and the Developing Brain. Alcohol, 41(1).

Purpose of Review

Alcohol and cannabis are the most commonly used substances during adolescence and are typically initiated during this sensitive neurodevelopmental period.

The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the most recent literature focused on understanding how these substances affect the developing brain.

Findings

The effects of alcohol use include:

Adolescent drug use before and during U.S. national COVID-19 social distancing policies

Citation
Miech, R., Patrick, M. E., Keyes, K., O’Malley, P. M., & Johnston, L. (2021). Adolescent Drug Use Before and During US National COVID-19 Social Distancing Policies. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 108822.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world have introduced lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures to reduce the spread of the virus. Researchers are keen to understand how these policies and new measures have influenced drinking behaviours within particular groups.

Association between Tobacco Consumption and Problematic Internet Use and the Practice of Physical Activity in Spanish Adolescents

Citation
Villanueva-Blasco, V. J., García-Soidán, J. L., Isorna Folgar, M., & Arufe Giráldez, V. (2021). Association between Tobacco Consumption and Problematic Internet Use and the Practice of Physical Activity in Spanish Adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(10), 5464.

Abstract

The practice of physical activity is a healthy habit that offers health benefits. In contrast, the lack thereof may be associated with an increase in diseases, even at an early age.

The objective of this study was to analyze the association between unhealthy behaviours, such as tobacco consumption and problematic internet use, and the practice of physical activity in adolescents.

Webinar: 'Adolescent Social Isolation and Loneliness'

Washington DC, United States,

Being socially disconnected or perceiving the absence of companionship and support can have a large effect on health and mortality risk for adolescents. This presentation will explore factors that lead to social isolation and loneliness; will determine how both physical and emotional health can be influenced; and will discuss ways to improve social integration and support in order to improve outcomes and life satisfaction for adolescents.