Drinking Among Young Adults Could Have Lasting Health Effects

Drinking Among Young Adults Could Have Lasting Health Effects
Young adults with symptoms of alcohol dependence may see health effects late in life - even decades after conquering their problem drinking, according to a study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. A recent article in Medical News Today noted that researchers found that, of 664 U.S. male veterans, those who had symptoms of alcohol dependence for at least five years in young adulthood generally had poorer physical and mental health by the time they were in their 60s. And that was true even if they'd gotten control over their drinking problems by the age of 30. The new findings suggest that years of alcohol dependence during young adulthood result in silent but "permanent" injuries that, in later life, appear to result in serious health problems, according to Haber.
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Prescription Opioid Addiction Risk Among Young Adults Jumped 37 Percent

Prescription Opioid Addiction Risk Among Young Adults Jumped 37 Percent
A new study finds the risk of prescription opioid addiction rose 37 percent among young adults between 2002 and 2014. Past-year heroin use also rose among 18- to 25-year-olds, from 2 percent to 7 percent. Among adults ages 26 to 34, risk of an opioid use disorder more than doubled, from 11 percent to 24 percent, HealthDay reports. Heroin use among this age group rose sixfold, to 12 percent. “The potential development of prescription opioid use disorder among youth and young adults represents an important and growing public health concern,” first author Dr. Silvia Martins of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health said in a news release. The study appears in the journal Addictive Behaviors .
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Talking With Your College-Bound Young Adult about Alcohol

Talking With Your College-Bound Young Adult about Alcohol
Students preparing to attend college have already taken several steps toward independence. Deciding where to go to college, what career path to pursue, and how to finance an advanced education are all choices in learning how to be an adult. But they are not there yet. Young adults still need and value their parents’ guidance as they make decisions about their future. One of these decisions will be about alcohol use at college—and parents represent the best source of advice on the issue. Talk with your young adult about avoiding underage drinking, even if you suspect alcohol use during high school. Research suggests that teens who talked with their parents about alcohol avoidance strategies before they began their first year of college were more likely to avoid alcohol, limit its use, and spend less time with heavy-drinking peers. College can overwhelm new students as they deal with changing social and...
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