Good news, strict parents! A new national study has found that teenagers’ use of alcohol has declined significantly over the last 20 years, but an additional study has also shown that your kid’s grandparents are getting trashed.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have concluded that they are concerned that more teens are using marijuana, but young people are not drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes nearly as much as in years past; and aside from pot, drug use is also on the decline.
“That’s still a lot of young people using these dangerous drugs without medical supervision, but the trending is in the right direction,” said Lloyd Johnston, the study’s principal investigator. “Fewer are risking overdosing as teenagers, and hopefully more will remain abstainers as they pass into their twenties, thereby reducing the number who become casualties in those high-risk years.”
Meanwhile, Baby Boomers are just partying hard and not really caring who notices, as the study shows that both pot and alcohol consumption is through the roof! According to Consumer Affairs, researchers have examined self-reported past-month binge alcohol use and alcohol use disorder in adults over 50. They said they found “significant increases” in past-year alcohol use, past-month alcohol use, past-month binge drinking, and alcohol use disorders.
When broken down demographically, it was found that men were more likely to binge drink and suffer from alcohol use disorders than women. However, researchers were concerned that though less frequent, binge drinking and alcohol use disorder was still up among women.
“As females age, they tend to experience a larger impact of physiological changes in lean body mass compared to men,” said Dr. Benjamin, a geriatrician and health services researcher at the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research “Thus, they may experience the adverse effects associated with consuming alcohol even in lower amounts.”
What the researchers were particularly alarmed by, however, was the increase in binge drinking among older women. Not only do serious health problems come into play, but it can, of course “lead to socially embarrassing or regretful behavior.”
Like all good things, take them in moderation and be careful. Like my mother always told me, “if it’s that much fun, it’s bound to end.”