Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rich Teens Drink More, While Poor Teens Choose to Smoke, Study Shows, March 16, 2011

"Teens just want to have fun and, if you're a rich kid -- think Tom Cruise in 'Risky Business' -- when the folks are away, it's time to booze it up and play.
Turns out affluence and alcohol consumption go hand-in-hand for the teen set, according to a new study, Reuters reports. On the other end of the socioeconomic spectrum, kids who come from families with lesser means are more likely to reach for a cig.
Researchers from the University of Bristol in the U.K., sought to discover the relationship between alcohol and cigarette smoking and teens in relationship to parent's economic status, according the study published in the journal Pediatrics.
Researchers studied 5,837 13-year-olds and found those who come from higher income levels drink more. Those from the lowest income bracket were 22 percent less likely to drink." Read More

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