Factors that foretell future anabolic androgenic steroid useIncidence of anabolic androgenic steroids for non-therapeutic use is highly prevalent among young people. Previously, AAS was only used widely among athletes who require greater muscular strength. Nowadays, even teens in their high school years were found to be long-term steroid users. Improvement of appearance is the top motive for AAS use among bodybuilders, weightlifters and other athletes. For adolescents, it is the second most important motive.

Some of the side effects associated with non-medical steroids use were chronic liver damage, heart problems, and changes in secondary sexual characteristics, not to mention increased aggression, depression, irritability and mood swings.

A group of researchers obtained survey samples from a group of Norwegian high school students age 15 to 19 and conducted the study within a four-year period. Results showed that involvement in power sports, frequent alcohol intoxication; cannabis use, sexual debut before the age of 15 and previous AAS use were indicators of future AAS use. Researchers also found that males are more likely to use AAS than females. Young age is also one predictor of anabolic androgenic steroid use. This research is actually the first to conduct studies on predictors of future AAS use.

According to Medscape:

Purpose: To prospectively study the stability of anabolic androgenic steroid (AAS) use and predictors of AAS use, and to investigate whether AAS use alters the risk of later emotional and behavioral problems.