Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Alcohol and Drug Abuse among Israeli Adolescents

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Alcohol and Drug Abuse among Israeli Adolescents

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Harmful patterns of drinking and drug use and associated risky behaviors, particularly among young adults, pose a potential serious social threat and a real challenge for public health practitioners, health service providers and public policy makers. The consequences of such behavior are felt in many spheres of life at the level of the individual, the family and society as a whole. Alcohol dependence is one of the major causes of preventable morbidity and mortality worldwide, and drug use as the eighth leading risk factor for disease burden in developed countries. Israel has traditionally been relatively sober and drug-free by western standards. Epidemiological and anecdotal evidence suggest that Israeli society is no longer immune to the deleterious outcomes of psychoactive substance use.

This paper will highlight some salient aspects of the epidemiological patterns of drug and alcohol use among Israeli adolescents, particularly the increasing problems of volatile substances (inhalants) misuse and the non-medical use of prescription drugs. …

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