A small US study has confirmed adult fears that teens who spend more than average amount of time “hanging out” with peers are more liable of smoking cigarettes and marijuana and drinking alcohol.
Researchers also found that teens more heavily involved in sports were less likely to smoke tobacco or pot, but more likely to drink, whereas kids who worked part-time jobs were more likely to smoke and drink.
Most research of this kind, however, tends to look at single contexts, like sports participation, and also often discusses on ways to stop kids from using illicit substances, rather than preventing them from ever lasting.
A report shows that 39 percent of teens are more likely to smoke cigarettes, 47 percent more likely to drink alcohol and 71 percent more likely to smoke marijuana. Teens who spend the most time in sports were 19 percent more likely than average to drink alcohol but less likely to use marijuana.
Seeing parents or adults in home smoking, using marijuana or drinking is a major predictor of whether the kids themselves will. Parents need to set rules around alcohol, marijuana and tobacco use among teenagers and there have to be consequences.
“Kids know a rule without consequences is nothing.”