Parents have often told their kids to stay away from drugs and alcohol if they want to achieve their goals, but a new study may offer some proof. According to new research by UConn Health scientists, young adults who are dependent on marijuana and alcohol during their teen years are less likely to achieve life goals like getting married and finding a full-time job.

The researchers examined data from the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism to track the long-term impact of marijuana and alcohol use on the achievement of life goals. The study included 1,165 young adults whose habits were initially assessed at age 12 and then at two-year intervals until the participants were in between 25 and 34 years old. The majority of the participants had an alcoholic parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle.

Their findings concluded that individuals who were dependent on alcohol or marijuana during their teen years “achieved lower levels of education, were less likely to find full-time employment, were less likely to get married and had lower social economic potential.” Researchers found that dependence had a stronger impact on young men than young women. The study is ongoing.


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