Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Teens' Reasons for Drinking May Predict Future Problems with Alcohol

A study from researchers at Penn State has identified four major reasons why high school students drink, and has found that those who drink for multiple reasons -- including trying to cope with life's problems -- are at greatest risk for heavy and problem drinking behaviors. "It is important to know why high school seniors drink so parents, teachers and high school counselors can pay special attention to the needs of the small but high-risk group of seniors who offer multiple reasons for drinking and who also have anger or frustration issues," said Donna Coffman, post-doctoral fellow at Penn State's Prevention Research Center and the Methodology Center. The study can be found in the December issue of Prevention Science.
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