August 10, 2017 “Binge drinking drops among Teenagers”According to a new study, American Teenagers are binge drinking less than they used to. Unfortunately... Cousy August 2, 2017 This is good but mixed news. I'm not thrilled that marijuana use has increased, and the urgency around that conversation has grown given... Honeybee August 1, 2017 I have 2 kids, ages 22 and 18.Both my husband and I are way, way more engaged with our children than our parents were with us; I think this... “The overall declines in frequent binge drinking indicate that national and state-level policies and programs targeted at underage drinking may have been effective, although I’m not sure to what extent each of the policies specifically contributes to the declines,” Dr. Jang said. The differential effects on different populations, however, are worrying. “One of the crucial messages from our study is that the public efforts may not be reaching all adolescents equally,” Dr. Jang said. So the researchers would like to see more attention — from parents, from health care providers and from researchers — to the populations that are not being reached as successfully: black adolescents, young women and people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. “I think this is a real public health success that hasn’t actually been really celebrated,” said Dr. Scott Hadland, a pediatrician and adolescent addiction specialist at the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at Boston Medical Center, who was a co-author of a commentary on the study. And it’s not just alcohol use that has declined. “Rates of teen use and, for most substances, rates of teen heavy use have declined,” he said, steadily since about the 1990s. The exception, he said, is marijuana; daily use and near-daily use of that drug have increased, while perceptions of harm have decreased.
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