A survey of 2,500 teenagers in Great Britain
has found that smoking, drinking, and the occasional use of cannabis are
"normal" among teenagers in the British Isles.
The study, conducted in 1999 and released
last week by the Alcohol and Health Research Center in Edinburgh, surveyed
2,600 boys and girls attending 223 state and private schools.
A large minority -- 33% of girls and 39.5%
of boys -- had tried some illegal drug, most commonly cannabis, the study
reported. A whopping 72% of all respondents admitted to having been
drunk at some time, while only 6.2% had never touched alcohol.
Although the study's authors grimly concluded
that British youth have "a serious problem" with drinking and smoking,
they also implicitly recognized how common youthful experimentation with
drugs and alcohol is. "These behaviors are firmly established as
normative among teenagers across the UK," they noted.
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Issue #207, 10/19/01
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