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Underage Drinking

Why Is Adolescence a Critical Time for Preventing Drug Addiction?

Judgment and decision-making skills are still developing in teens, so their ability to assess risks accurately and make sound decisions about using drugs may be limited. Preventing early use of drugs or alcohol may reduce the risk of progressing to later abuse and addiction.

Review Date: December 17, 2012

Phoenix House Center on Addiction and the Family