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The children in foster care are at extremely high risk for drug and alcohol abuse. Many factors contribute to this, including:
- Children whose biological parents abuse drugs and alcohol seem to have a biological and psychological tendency to become abusers themselves.
- Early role models for these children may have demonstrated drug and alcohol "self medication" as a method to deal with problems.
- Recreational drug use may have been a way of fitting in and belonging to a group.
Because substance abuse is so common with foster children, you need to make vigorous active efforts to avoid this devastating problem. A first step is learning more about drug and alcohol abuse. The following activity will help you evaluate your understanding of drug and alcohol abuse.
Test Your Knowledge!
Choose a response to each question below. Click the letter next to the response you choose.
1. A can of beer is less intoxicating than the average drink that contains hard liquor.
Wrong! They both contain the same amount.
2. How do most drug users make their first contact with illegal drugs?
A Through "pushers" seeking new customers.
B Through their friends
3. Cold showers and black coffee help sober up a person who has had too much to drink.
4. Which of the following has the highest immediate risk to the user?
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