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Changing AdolescenceSocial Trends and Mental Health$
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Ann Hagell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301042

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301042.001.0001

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Trends in adolescent substance use and their implications for understanding trends in mental health

Trends in adolescent substance use and their implications for understanding trends in mental health

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(p.117) Seven Trends in adolescent substance use and their implications for understanding trends in mental health
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Changing Adolescence
Author(s):

Ann Hagell

Judith Aldridge

Petra Meier

Tim Millar

Jennifer Symonds

Michael Donmall

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447301042.003.0007

One of the most obvious social changes over the second half of the 20th century was the increase in the proportion of young people using alcohol and different kinds of drugs. Recreational use of illegal substances has increased and is now a conspicuous part of the social landscape. We know that using substances is associated with a range of poor outcomes. The UK has a high level of adolescent alcohol consumption and problem use. What are the implications? The literature is rarely focused on the more specifically developmental aspects of use in adolescence, and preliminary evidence suggests that indeed there may be links between the rising trends in both substance use and mental health outcomes.

Keywords:   Drugs, Alcohol, Mental health, Adolescent, Addiction, Substance misuse

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