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Too much, too young? Bieber arrest raises questions

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 01:40

Jan. 24 - 19-year-old pop star Justin Bieber's arrest in Florida for drunk driving raises questions over the effects of fame on young celebrities. Edward Baran reports.

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19-year-old pop star Justin Bieber's arrest has raised questions over the effects of the limelight on young stars Does global fame and all that comes with it in any way contribute to a pattern of substance abuse and run-ins with the law? Bieber was released on bail on Thursday, after being arrested for drunk driving in Florida. He could be facing six months in jail, though a lighter sentence is thought to be likely. Police said he also admitted to consuming prescription drugs. Dr Beverly Berg is a mental health therapist in Los Angeles; she says Bieber's arrest could benefit the teenager by forcing him to admit his problems. SOUNDBITE. Dr Beverly Berg, mental health therapist, saying (English): "If the law gets involved, the law makes you admit you have a problem, whether you believe it or not. Sometimes it's the law that forces people into really taking a look at what's going on." Bieber isn't the first young star to find himself falling into a downward spiral of substance abuse and problems with the law. In recent years, celebrities like Lindsay Lohan have faced similar problems. In two tragic cases of drug or alcohol abuse, "Glee" star Cory Monteith and UK singer Amy Winehouse died after overdosing. SOUNDBITE. Dr Beverly Berg, mental health therapist, saying (English): "It's a very stressful existence, people glamorize it and they envy it and they wish they could have fame and, you know, be in the spotlight, but they do not understand how much of a 'stressor' it actually is, so a lot of celebrities end up medicating themselves from the stress using substances" As for Bieber, his recent arrest is his most serious run-in with the law. It comes in a year in which his problems have ranged from allegations of speeding through his gated community in LA to a felony investigation into whether he pelted a neighbor's house with eggs.

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Too much, too young? Bieber arrest raises questions

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 01:40

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