AD/HD, Conduct Disorder Tied To Adolescent Smoking, Drinking

HealthDay (12/25, Haelle) reported that according to a study published online Dec. 1 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, adolescents may be “more likely to start smoking or drinking with each additional symptom they have of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) or conduct disorder.” Researchers arrived at that conclusion after analyzing “data on more than 2,500 teens, aged 12 to 15, in a national survey conducted with their parents between 2000 and 2004.”

Notably, adolescents diagnosed both with AD/HD and with conduct disorder “were more than three times more likely to use tobacco or alcohol, even after accounting for differences in age, race/ethnicity, sex, household income and having a household member who smoked.”

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— “ADHD May Raise Teens’ Odds for Smoking, Drinking,” Tara Haelle, HealthDay, December 24, 2014.

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