Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Teenage Alcohol Consumption Associated With Computer Use

Newswise (New York, NY) May 9, 2011

"Teenagers who drink alcohol spend more time on their computers for recreational use, including social networking and downloading and listening to music, compared with their peers who don't drink.
Results of an anonymous survey of 264 teenagers were reported in the online edition of the journal Addictive Behaviors in a study authored by Weill Cornell Medical College public health researcher Dr. Jennifer Epstein.
'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. In turn, exposure to online material such as alcohol advertising or alcohol-using peers on social networking sites could reinforce teens' drinking,' says Dr. Epstein, assistant professor of public health at Weill Cornell Medical College." Read More

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