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Alcohol incidence has increased steadily since 1989. Between 1995 and 1999, the total number of initiates significantly increased from 3.5 million to 5.0 million. Between 1995 and 2000, the number of initiates aged 12 to 17 years significantly increased from 2.2 million to 3.1 million. The average age of initiation has generally decreased since 1965.
In 2005, the average age at first marijuana use among recent initiates aged 12 to 49 was 17.4 years. This average increased from 17.0 years in 2002, 16.8 years in 2003, and 17.1 years in 2004, although only the difference between the 2005 and 2003 mean ages was significant. Excluding initiation at age 21 or older, the mean ages of initiation were 15.9 years in 2002, 15.9 years in 2003, 16.0 years in 2004, and 16.0 years in 2005.
Studies of the brain show that Ecstasy affects serotonin, a system which plays a direct role in controlling our mood, aggression, sexual activity, sleep, and sensitivity to pain.
The ability of Ativan to strongly activate the areas of the brain that controls reward mechanisms and its ability to chemically alter the normal functioning of these systems is what produces an Ativan addiction.
In 2007, heavy drinking was reported by 6.9 percent of the population aged 12 or older, or 17.0 million people. This rate was the same as the rate of heavy drinking in 2006. Heavy drinking is defined as binge drinking on at least 5 days in the past 30 days.
Illegal drugs other than marijuana include cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, and the nonmedical use of prescription-type pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives. The national estimate of past month use of any illegal drug other than marijuana among persons aged 12 or older was 3.7 percent for 2002.2003 combined (Table B.6). A number of States (five) that were in the top fifth for past month use of an illegal drug among those aged 12 or older also were ranked in the top fifth for past month use of an illegal drug other than marijuana: Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Rhode Island.