Alcohol and drug use is among the leading causes of death in adolescents. Worldwide, 155 million adolescents are current drinkers, those ages 15-19. In 2016, 13.6% of adolescents ages 15-19 experience heavy episodic drinking, males being most at risk (WHO, 2022).
Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, is the most widely used drug amongst adolescents. About 4.7% of those ages 15-16 used it at least once in 2018.
The use of alcohol and drugs in adolescents has been associated with neurocognitive alterations, which leads to behavioral, emotional, social, and academic problems later in life.
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