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a. Why is there a fear amongst the guardians that their adolescent wards may get trapped in drug/alcohol abuse? 

b. Explain ‘addiction’ and ‘dependence’ in respect of drugs/alcohol abuse in youth.

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a. Adolescents are easily affected by (or are vulnerable to) peer pressure. Curiosity, need for adventure and excitement, and experimentation constitute common causes for motivation. A child’s natural curiosity motivates him/her to experiment. Television, movies, newspapers, internet also promote drug use. 

b. Addiction is the psychological attachment to certain effects such as euphoria or temporary feeling of well-being. Dependence is the tendency of the body to show withdrawal syndrome or symptoms if regular doses of drug/alcohol is abruptly discontinued.

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