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Young ADHD Adults and Substance Abuse, Is There a Link?

2021 10 07 104322According to an article published in Alcohol and Alcoholism, a link exists between ADHD and substance abuse.

The researchers performed a data analysis of 6872 Canadian respondents aged 20–39, of whom 270 had ADHD. Their findings were substantive.

 

  • One in three young adults with ADHD had a lifetime alcohol use disorder (33%) compared to 19% of those without ADHD
  • After adjusting for all control variables, those with ADHD had higher odds of developing
      • alcohol use disorders
      • cannabis use disorders
      • other drug use disorders

This means that about half of young adults with ADHD struggle with substance use disorders and have a high prevalence of alcohol and other substance abuse disorders.

The authors concluded that, 

“Targeted outreach and interventions for this extremely vulnerable population are warranted.”

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Helping you develop this type of control can better prepare you to think about the consequences of actions rather than impulsively experimenting with different substances. 

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