Teens Sex Activity Tied to Drink & Drugs
Aug 20, 2004 -- The more sexually active friends a teen
has and the more time a teen spends with a boyfriend or girlfriend, the greater
the risk that teen will smoke, drink, get drunk or use illegal drugs, according
to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.
An Expert Comment
"The message for parents from this
year's survey is clear -- the thunder of teen sexual activity and dating
behavior may signal the lightning of substance
abuse," said Joseph A. Califano, Jr., head of The National Center on Addiction
and Substance Abuse. (Califano was formerly Secretary of Health, Education and
The survey by the National Center on
Addiction and Substance Abuse contains much more of interest. For example, the
survey clearly shows the importance of drug-free schools and the
dysfunctionality of schools where drugs are used, kept and sold. These schools
are plagued with more physical fights and cheating. We believe that all schools should be drug-free.
We heartily recommend that you read the summary of the report (below). It is
good reading and relevant to all of us.
Barbara K. Hecht,
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors, MedicineNet.com