Teens With Poor Memory More Likely to Become Substance Abusers

Wonder whether your child will become a drug user?

According to a new study, teenagers who are easily distracted and impulsive are most likely to become drug addicts. One main reason that plays a role is how the teenager’s brain handles memory according to researchers.

The study which was conducted by The University of Oregon continues to say that executive attention, a component of working memory that involves a person’s ability to focus on a task and ignore distractions while processing relevant goal-oriented information, is key.

The researchers observed and surveyed 382 young adults. The results of the study are a rare view of how young people today find entry into drug use, alcohol and tobacco.

The study was led by Atika Khurana who is a professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services.