NY Univ. Study Compares Consequences Of Marijuana Use & Teen Alcohol

Despite the recent shift in views toward marijuana, the harms of use as compared to alcohol use are not well understood. Now a new study “Adverse Psychosocial Outcomes Associated with Drug Use among US High School Seniors: A Comparison of Alcohol and Marijuana,” by researchers affiliated with New York University’s Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, September 1, 2014, analyzed data from a nationally representative sample of high school seniors in the Monitoring the Future (MTF) study.

MTF is a nation-wide ongoing annual study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students. Students were asked to indicate whether they experienced various adverse psychosocial outcomes resulting from use of each substance. The authors analyzed data from 7,437 students (modal age: 18) from cohorts assessed from 2007 through 2011 who reported using alcohol or marijuana in their lifetime.

To read more, visit http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-09/nyu-nsc082814.php

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