posted on Aug, 19 2004 @ 11:31 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's not just a cliche: Sex and drugs often do go together, says a survey of U.S. teenagers.
Teens who say at least half their friends are having sex are more likely to report having tried marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes.
The annual survey, released Thursday, asked teens aged 12-17 about their use of illegal substances. Researchers then looked for other activities of
daily life that were associated with such use.
Unlike other surveys, the one by the Columbia group did not ask teens about their own sexual activity, but asked them to estimate how many of their
friends were sexually active. It was conducted this way because the ethical review board that oversees the center would not approve a direct question,
said spokeswoman Lauren Duran.
The study found that the first group is:
More likely to have tried alcohol, 66 percent vs. 10 percent of those whose friends don't have sex.
More likely to have gotten drunk at least once in the past month, 31 percent vs. 1 percent.
More likely to have tried marijuana, 45 percent vs. 2 percent.
More likely to have tried cigarettes, 45 percent vs. 8 percent.
The survey also found that the more time teens spend with their boyfriends or girlfriends, the more likely they are to smoke, drink and use drugs.
WELL NO CRAP !! They actually had to spend money on this and take the time to do the phone survey... what a waste...