Studies revealing negative health effects of marijuana are common. To add to the list, a recent study by researchers from the University of Connecticut Health Center has suggested the possible impact of continual marijuana use and its dependence on the nature of life achievement in young adults. According to the researchers, young adults addicted to the effects of both marijuana and alcohol were less inclined to achieve life goals. The researchers described the goals as educational achievement, being in a full-time paid work, marriage and socio-economic potential. The study was presented at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo held on Nov. 5, 2017, in Atlanta.
For the study, the researchers analyzed details from the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The researchers observed habits of 1,165 young adults when they were 12 years old, and then repeatedly at a two-year gap till they turned 25-34.
According to the study, the respondents hooked on both marijuana and alcohol exhibited lower levels of educational achievement, were in lesser likelihood of being employed on a full-time basis, had lower possibility of getting married and had lower socio-economic potential. The observations also showed a more grievous impact on young men. While young men who were addicted scored low across all the four goals, dependent young women were less likely to complete their graduation and showed reduced socio-economic potential, though the likelihood of seeking full-time job or getting hitched was affected only to a minor extent.
Elaborating the findings of the research, study author Dr. Elizabeth Harari said, “This study found that chronic marijuana use in adolescence was negatively associated with achieving important developmental milestones in young adulthood. Awareness of marijuana’s potential deleterious effects will be important moving forward given the current move in the U.S. toward marijuana legalization for recreational/medicinal use.”
Understanding growing use of marijuana and alcohol among young adults
A report titled “Monitoring the Future: National Survey Results on Drug Use 1975-2016” reveals the pervasiveness of drug and alcohol use among college students and young adults. According to the report, the pervasiveness of drinking habits was more among college students than their non-collegiate peers. In addition, daily marijuana use was found to be 12.8 percent among the non-college group compared to 4.9 percent among college students. Similarly, yearly prevalence of marijuana use was 39 percent in college students and 44 percent in non-collegiate young adults.
Substance abuse is a cause of major concern in the United States. With millions of people reeling under the effects of illicit drugs and alcohol, federal agencies are finding it difficult to contain the nation’s growing addiction problem. Campaigns, seminars and events are regularly organized by health care advocates and community workers to help explain the effects of drug abuse and the extent of havoc it wreaks on the nation’s economy and social system.
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