Misuse of Alcohol, Drugs, and Other Substances

  • K. A. H. MirzaEmail author
  • Shivon M. Sudesh
  • Roshin M. Sudesh
Living reference work entry
Part of the Mental Health and Illness Worldwide book series (MHIW)


Substance misuse is common in young people across the world and is associated with substantial levels of morbidity and mortality. Substance misuse is associated with high levels of co-existing mental health problems and social adversity and causes significant economic burden to the whole society. In view of the impact of substance misuse across multiple domains of the young people’s lives and the long-term risks, misuse of substances is seen as a major public health problem across the globe. Substance misuse in adolescents is different from adults, and a developmental perspective is essential in the assessment and treatment of substance misuse in young people. A systemic perspective is crucial to make a comprehensive assessment of the risk and protective factors and identify those are at risk of persistence of substance misuse. Early identification and comprehensive treatment of young people who show persistent difficulties using integrative, multi-agency treatments could help reduce the morbidity and mortality and prevent the derailment of their developmental trajectory.


Substance use Substance misuse Drugs Alcohol Young people Adolescence Substance abuse Dependence Addiction Developmental perspective 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. A. H. Mirza
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shivon M. Sudesh
    • 2
  • Roshin M. Sudesh
    • 3
  1. 1.University of HertfordshireHatfieldUK
  2. 2.La Sapienza Medical SchoolRomeItaly
  3. 3.Medway Maritime HospitalMedwayUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eric Taylor
    • 1
  • John CM Wong
    • 2
  1. 1.Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, Institute of PsychiatryKing's College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Psychological MedicineNational University Health SystemSingaporeSingapore

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