Newsbrief: British Researchers Discover Kids Like to Party 10/19/01

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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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