Teens don’t see binge drinking as risky

May 28th, 2008 - 1:44 pm ICT by admin  

Sydney, May 28 (IANS) A survey of some 1,000 Australian high school and college students over a five-year period has found that a bulk of them don’t consider binge drinking a risk. About 13 percent of the students said they got “blind drunk” regularly and 43 percent did so occasionally. Their age did not modify their drinking behaviour.

The researchers described other teen “risk-taking” activities as looking at Internet porn and bunking classes as an escape from exams and finding future work.

“Unfortunately in doing these sorts of things adolescents are damaging their future options even more,” said Joan Abbott-Chapman of the University of Tasmania, who conducted the survey.

Adolescents were asked to rate 26 risk-taking behaviours and placed binge drinking in the lowest of five groups. The groups were: watching X-rated videos, smoking cigarettes, sunbathing, bunking classes and drinking alcohol.

“They rated drug-related activities as the highest risk - sharing needles, injecting heroin, snorting cocaine and using speed or ecstasy - but only a tiny minority of 2-3 percent of those surveyed had participated in these activities,” Abbott-Chapman said.

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