Alcohol
Marijuana
Tobacco
Risk and Protective Factors
100

True or False: Alcohol is a drug

True. A drug is any substance, other than food, that is taken to change the way the body or the mind functions 

100

True or False: Smoking marijuana interferes with your sense of time and distance

True. People under the influence frequently misjudge the speed at which they are driving, and the amount of time required for braking.

100

True or False: Smoking causes 80%-90% of all ling cancer

TRUE. Researchers estimate that 80% - 90% of all lung cancer is smoking-related

100

True or False: Protective factors decrease kids’ chances of becoming harmfully involved with substance use 

TRUE. Protective factors are developing good social skills, participating in productive activities, feeling connected to school, and having friends who positively influence decision-making.

200

True or False: Alcohol is a depressant

True. Alcohol depresses the brain centers that control behavior. 

200

True or False: Marijuana is grown naturally therefore it is less harmful than cigarettes

FALSE. An average cigarette has over 4000 chemicals in it; most of those same chemicals are present in marijuana. 

200

True or False: Tobacco smoke contains tar 

True. Tar consists of solid particles from cigarette smoke. It interferes with the normal exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the lungs, and contributes to shortness of breath 

200

True or False: Risk factors increase kids’ chances of harmful involvement with substances or 

TRUE. Other examples of risk factors are early involvement with alcohol, tobacco, other drugs , a history of substance abuse in the family, family conflict and poor school connection.

300

When a person stops drinking suddenly after drinking heavily, they can get sick

TRUE. Withdrawal symptoms (sickness) may happen if drinking is suddenly stopped.

300

True or False: Most teenagers have tried Marijuana 

False. Statistics show that about 15% of teens have reported using marijuana 

300

True or False: Smoking light cigarettes decreases your risk of heart disease compared with smoking regular cigarettes. 

False. It is unlikely to reduce the risk of heart disease. Evidence shows that light cigarettes contain more tar, nicotine, and CO2 than manufacturers claim. 

300

True or False: Schools can make a valuable difference in preventing substance use

True. Positive relationships between youth and adults in school are critical preventing factors


400

True or False: If you drink only beer you wont develop a drinking problem

FALSE. The form of alcohol makes no difference. The effect of the pure alcohol contained in all alcoholic beverages is the same.

400

True or False: Short-term memory loss, laziness and feeling tired all the time are side effects of using marijuana. 

TRUE. Mood swings, poor concentration and lung damage are also side effects as well.

400

True or False: There are more smokers than non smokers

FALSE. Roughly 13 out of every 100 adults smoke 

400

True or False: Young people may turn to substance use or gambling when they cannot express their feelings in a healthy way. 

TRUE. As people grow older, bottled up feelings will continue to cause pain. Some people try to relieve the pain through substance use

500

True or False: Only people who drink every day can become alcoholics

False. Anyone who drinks can become an alcoholic

500

True or False: Marijuana is not addictive 

FALSE. It can be. Psychologically addictive and a mild physical addiction.

500

True or False: Tobacco smoke contains 4,000 different chemicals

TRUE. TRUE. Fifty of these chemicals are cacner-causing agents called carcinogens.  

500

True or False: It is helpful for an adult to tell a youth how to replace feelings of sadness with feelings of happiness. 

FALSE. A young person needs to know that it is okay to talk honestly about feelings or to feel sad, confused and vulnerable at times.

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