VeryWell Family: Teen Girls More Vulnerable to Substance Abuse


If you are the parent of a teen girl, you probably think it's much less likely for your child to become involved in drugs and alcohol than her male counterparts simply because boys are more likely to get into trouble than girls. The problem is, research does not support that notion.


According to the scientists, teen girls have a particular vulnerability to developing alcohol and drug problems due to their greater susceptibility to peer pressure, and teen girls are more likely to have co-occurring mental disorders if they do develop substance abuse problems.


Girls More Likely to Self-Medicate

No parent wants to think that their child will turn to substance abuse, and many of them think it won't happen to their kid. Unfortunately, the statistics tell a different story.


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