ADHD Teens with Behavioral Problems are More Likely to Use Alcohol and Tobacco
A new study shows that young teens, ages 12-15, diagnosed with both ADHD and conduct disorder (aggressive, destructive or deceitful behavior), are three-to-five times more likely to use alcohol and tobacco.
“Early onset of substance abuse is a significant public health concern,” says William Brinkman, MD, a pediatrician at Cincinnati Children’s and the study’s lead author. “Adolescents who use substances before the mid-teen years are more likely to develop dependence on them than those who start later. This is why prevention is so important.”