By Staff Writer
Teaching children strategies for saying no to alcohol and marijuana may make them more likely to refuse these substances in the future than if they are simply warned of the potential health risks, according to a new study published in the Journal of Early Adolescence. This may also help reduce the need for treatment from rehab programs.
The techniques taught to students involved healthy stress management strategies, methods for dealing with peer pressure and ways of successfully handling social situations in school.
For the study, researchers from Jena University in Germany tested the method on 1,700 young people between the ages of 10 and 15. The results showed that individuals who successfully completed the programs were less likely use drugs or alcohol, and those who did abuse these substances started at an older age.
The researchers said that binge drinking and marijuana use is a growing problem among adolescents. These are now considered popular activities in many groups of young people. They believe that their system could make it easier for individuals to turn down these potentially destructive substances.