What’s That Called Again?

Drug Trends of Today and Their Nicknames
(Part 1 of 3)
By: Gina Johnson, Chemical Health Prevention Specialist, D-833

The use of substances has been around for centuries but what was popular 10 years ago may not be the drug of choice now.

According to the MN Student Survey, an anonymous survey taken every 3 years, the 3 most popular substances used by students are alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco. Those 3 have been the leading substances used by students for the past 20 years.

However, their strength and how it is delivered into the body has changed drastically.

In this three-week series the three main substances used among adolescents will be looked at, how it’s being used and what the common nicknames are. For the first week, alcohol will be the main topic.

Alcohol rates among adolescents has begun to decline over the last decade. In 2016, 26% of 11th graders had consumed alcohol in the last 30 days compared to 29% in 2013. And 12% of 9th graders compared to 16% in 2013. The troubling news is binge drinking.

Binge drinking is drinking 4-5 alcoholic drinks in a two-hour period. Binge drinking is associated with risky behavior, alcohol poisoning and death. Of the 26% of 11th graders who drank in the last 30 days, 13% of them had reported binge drinking.

Here are some tips:

  • Talk to your child about the risks of binge drinking and how it leads to alcohol poisoning and an increase in risky behavior.
  • Discuss what your house rules and consequences are before they may be needed and to follow through on consequences.
  • Be your child’s advocate; have a code word for them to use so they can text or call when they want to leave a party or other uncomfortable situation.

Common nicknames for alcohol are: Booze, Juice, Sauce, Hooch, Hard stuff, Brew, and Moonshine.

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Article Contributed by: Gina Johnson, B.S., Chemical Health Prevention Specialist for the South Washington County School District (D 833). She works through a partnership with the Youth Service Bureau (YSB). Gina’s main role is to educate students, staff, and parents on substance use and to help prevent and reduce youth use in the community.


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