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16 May 2011

Drinking teens on social networks more

Teenagers who drink are more likely to spend extra hours at their computers for activities not related to their schoolwork, a new study shows.

Teenagers who drink are more likely to spend extra hours at their computers for activities not related to their schoolwork, a new study shows.

"While the specific factors linking teenage drinking and computer use are not yet established, it seems likely that adolescents are experimenting with drinking and activities on the Internet," study author Jennifer Epstein, a public health researcher at Weill Cornell, said in a news release from the university. "In turn, exposure to online material such as alcohol advertising or alcohol-using peers on social networking sites could reinforce teens' drinking."

Parents must keep eye on children

  • Lax parental supervision
  • Poor communication between parents and teens
  • Family conflicts
  • Inconsistent or harsh discipline
  • A family history of alcohol or drug abuse

 
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