In some ways, steroids have been a part of mainstream media since the muscle-men of the 1970s. The lure of a "buffed body" among teens, however, is more of a recent trend. A study from the University of Michigan showed that in 1992, 72 percent of high school seniors believed that those using steroids "risked harming themselves." In 2002, the same question found only 57 percent of the young athletes felt this way. An investigation by . News and World Report found that 4 in 10 teenage steroid users were influenced by the belief that famous athletes were using them as well. That same survey found 57 percent of teen steroid users were prompted to use by reading muscle magazines -- and there are at least half a dozen of these magazines nowadays.
In truth, anabolic steroids can in fact be held accountable for certain amount of criminal activity, especially if the act involves violence. When you boost the testosterone levels in your body through artificaial means you are not allowing your body to produce its own testosterone. In this case, the hormonal imbalance can cause unnecessary aggression. Sometimes this roid rage is important because it helps increase the competitive spirit in the user; however, it can have certain side effects such as prolonged rage even after the competitive environment ceases to exist . There can also be some amount of depression as the body recuperates.