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Adolescents and Drugs, - 1 - Topic: Adolescents and drugs Best, D., Rawaf S., Rowley J., Floyd K., Manning V., & Strang J. (2000, October). Drinking and smoking as concurrent predictors of illicit drug use and positive drug attitudes in adolescents. [Electronic version]. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 60(3), 319-321 Summary of Study: An investigative study of the relationship of smoking, drinking, and illicit drug use. A large amount of adolescents who smoke cigarettes and drink on a regular basis have a high prevalence for experimentation and more positive attitudes of illicit drug use and less caution for worrying about it. However, for the adolescents who do not participate in drinking or smoking cigarettes had very negative attitudes towards drug usage with a very low rate of lifetime or recent usage. Purpose of Study: The aim of the study is to show that adolescents who partake in smoking cigarettes and drinking alcoholic beverages increases the risk of drug experimentation and eventually substance abuse. Adolescent drinking and smoking is seen as a precursor to positive attitudes toward illicit drugs to precede towards usage or sustain drug involvement. Subjects: 2971 adolescents, 13-17 years of age. 2207 (74.3%) White, 399 (13.5%) Asian, 241 (8.0%) Black and 124 (4.2%) “of mixed race or other ethnic origin”
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Adolescents and Drugs, - 2 - Methodology: Using a self completed questionnaire, data was collected from the students that was about 40 minutes, which comprised of questions such as attitudes, knowledge and behavior about substance use. Subjects were asked if they had ever used an illicit drug – if the answer was affirmative there were further items to measure the type of drug and the frequency of use. Outcomes/Findings 25.4% were found to drink on a regular basis (At least once a week) 8.9% were considered regular smokers 75.2% neither drank or smoke on a regular basis 19.4% who drink but do not smoke 2.3% for those who smoke but do not drink 7.0% who both smoke and drink 20% had used drugs in their life, 8.9% in the past month of the interview. Study found that student that do no drink or smoke have a highly negative attitude towards substance usage. Students who do participate in drinking or smoking were found to high the most positive attitudes toward illicit drug usage. Relationship of Outcomes/Findings to Purpose of Study A relationship was seen between the alcohol intake and smoking participation and the usage of illicit drugs. Students who indulged in smoking cigarettes and drinking alcoholic beverages had a high tendency to use drugs and have a more positive attitude
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Adolescents and Drugs, - 3 - towards usage than the students who do not drink or smoke. Adolescents who choose not
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