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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 this article

  1. Avatar of sleephero
    sleephero / May 18, 2011 at 1:33 am

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

  2. Avatar of Jaso
    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. Avatar of Liz Nelson
    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.

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