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Half of Adults with ADHD Struggle with Substance Use Disorders

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September 9, 2021Half of young adults with ADHD struggle with substance use disorders, according to a new study published in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism.1 Specifically, one-third of adults with ADHD studied had a chronic alcohol use disorder compared to 13% of adults without ADHD.Data was drawn from the nationally representative Canadian Community Health Survey-Mental Health (CCHS-MH).

Participants included 6,872 respondents aged 20-39, 270 of whom had ADHD.After adjusting for controls, researchers found that participants with ADHD faced higher odds of developing alcohol use disorders, cannabis use disorders, other drug use disorders, and any substance use disorder.

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