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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.
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.
Right! Cold showers and black coffee have no sobering effect. Neither do food or exercise. Only time helps make a person more sober.
4. Which of the following has the highest immediate risk to the user?
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