A to Z: Abuse, Substanceenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-KH-AZ-Dictionary-enHD.jpgSubstance abuse is when someone drinks alcohol or smokes or takes drugs in a way that could lead to health, legal, and other problems. alcohol, drink, drinking, binge, drunk, high, drug, smoke, smoking, overdose, teen, teens, getting help03/23/201603/18/201909/02/2019413996b3-20af-4ba5-9caa-b762a5dada2bhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-abuse-substance.html/<p><em>May also be called: Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse</em></p> <p>Substance abuse is when someone drinks <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-alcohol-abuse.html/">alcohol</a>&nbsp;or smokes or takes drugs in a way that could lead to health, legal, and other problems.&nbsp;</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>People who often use drugs or drink too much can get serious health problems. Lots of people with substance abuse problems end up dead from drug or alcohol overdose. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Substance abuse causes problems for the user, but it also can change how well people take care of their kids. Parents or caregivers who are drunk or high might not make good decisions or be alert enough to keep babies and young children safe. Pregnant women who use drugs or drink too much can have <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fas.html/">babies with medical problems</a>.</p> <p>Parents or caregivers with a substance abuse problem might be charged with <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/child-abuse.html/">child abuse</a>. They may even face jail time or have their kids taken away.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>People with substance abuse problems often can't stop a drug or drinking habit on their own. They need professional help. Groups like <a href="http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, 'windyWindow', 'width=800,height=600,status=yes,scrollbars=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,location=yes'); return false;">Al-Anon</a> or <a href="http://www.samhsa.gov/" onclick="window.open(this.href, 'windyWindow', 'width=800,height=600,status=yes,scrollbars=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,location=yes'); return false;">SAMHSA</a> list counseling resources on their websites.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: Alcohol AbuseLearn about alcohol abuse and consequences of excessive drinking.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-alcohol-abuse.html/2da1ab28-8516-4e98-92c5-ac9b8f4b431a
Binge DrinkingThe definition of binge drinking in the United States is the consumption of five or more drinks in a row by men – or four or more drinks in a row by women – at least once in the previous two weeks. Surprised? Find out more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/binge-drink.html/d9ba68ac-9825-4a41-a21a-c6d71e2fa4ca
Cough and Cold Medicine AbuseChugging cough medicine for an instant high is a dangerous, potentially deadly practice.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cough-cold-medicine-abuse.html/53db978c-fbc5-4371-8cf4-49c033b1ccd4
Kids and AlcoholAs much as parents may not like to think about it, the truth is that many kids and teens try alcohol before it is legal for them to drink it. Here's what you need to know.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/alcohol.html/724c73a5-2454-4c63-a6cc-b238367fc166