Cigarette and alcohol use among teens – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Results from a national NIH-funded survey show that teen drinking patters are changing. Dr. Nora Volkow an institute director at the NIH says the change is for the better.
Volkow: Daily drinking has decreased by 50% from 1996, and binge drinking has decreased by 30% also for that time period. Again, extremely important because drinking accounts for one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality among teenagers because of the association of accidents and mortality while driving under the effects of alcohol.
Narrator: The survey also shows low use of cigarettes by teens. For more information on the 2011 Monitoring the Future Survey, visit www.drugabuse.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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