Monday, January 25, 2010

Teens Who Drink, Take Drugs, More Likely to Have Sex

Teens who get drunk often or who use marijuana on a regular basis are more likely to be sexually active, according to a new study from Canada. The same study also found that sexually active girls are at higher risk for attempted suicide.

  • Researchers used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Children and Youth.
  • They found that teens who use pot are 60 percent more likely to be sexually active.
  • Teen who are regular drinkers are 50 percent more likely to be sexually active.

“Teens who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior,” said Peter John Mitchell, a member of the research team. “This study reveals a risk profile that may help parents as they nurture their teens to adulthood.”