For U.S. Teens, Marijuana Up, Alcohol Down
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Teenagers in the United States aren’t as big on booze as they once were. But marijuana is growing in popularity with the younger crowd.
This year marks the fourth straight year that marijuana use has gone up among teens, according to an annual study by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. The report notes that the upward trend is markedly different from the 1990s when the drug was in decline.
“Daily marijuana use is now at a 30-year peak level among high school seniors,” the report says.
While more teens are smoking pot, fewer are drinking alcohol. This continues a trend that’s been in effect since the 1980s, except for a brief period in the 1990s when drinking went up for a while.
Study results showed that 38.4% of 12th graders had used marijuana in the previous year, the highest percentage in ten years, while 63.5% had used alcohol, compared to 77.7% in 1991.
The study was based on information gathered from 47,000 students in the 8th, 10th and 12th grades.
Marijuana Use Continues to Rise Among U.S. Teens, While Alcohol Use Hits Historic Lows (University of Michigan) (pdf)
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