Teen Drinking Linked With Increased Recreational Computer Time

Teenagers who drink alcohol spend more time on the computer each week on non-school activities, such as social networking and downloading music, compared with teens who don’t drink, a new study finds.

Medical News Today reports that the anonymous survey of 264 teens found those who said they drank in the past month used a computer more hours per week for non-school activities, compared with teens who said they did not drink in the previous month. The study, published in Addictive Behaviors, did not find a link between alcohol use and school-related computer use.

Researcher Dr. Jennifer Epstein of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York said that it seems likely that exposure to online alcohol advertising or alcohol-using peers on social networking sites could reinforce teens’ own drinking. She noted that many parents do not use any form of parental monitoring on their children’s computers.

3 Responses to Teen Drinking Linked With Increased Recreational Computer Time

  1. Liz Nelson | May 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Interesting research, but I would think that many other factors would also contribute to the drinking. But still good information for parents.

  2. Jaso | May 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    This is stupid. Are we to beleive that internet time leads to drinking? The relationship is spurious. Both reflect lack of parental supervision and involvement.

  3. sleephero | May 18, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Teens like to get drunk and screw around on the internet!? Who knew!?

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