NEW YORK, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- More than half of teens are at risk for substance abuse if they have one of three risk factors: stress, boredom or too much money.
According to a study from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, in New York, having two or more risk factors can be "catastrophic," USA Today reported.
"Baby boomer parents may be surprised that hefty amounts of spending money can mean trouble. People tend to think of substance-abusing kids as likely to be in poor, urban America," said CASA chairman Joseph Califano Jr.
"But this stuff is mainstream America."
The report finds that teens with $50 a week in spending money are much more likely to have tried cigarettes, alcohol or marijuana than those with $15 a week.
Stressed teens often turn to alcohol, drugs or cigarettes to unwind, and bored teens are more apt to try substances than teens who are not.