Can Greater Academic Demands Lead to Less Risky Behavior in Teenagers?

Beefing up high school graduation requirements in math and science could curb youth drinking, with no uptick in cigarette or marijuana use, a new study suggests.

For each additional math or science course that high school students were required to take, researchers found, the probability that students drank or binge drank (more than five drinks in a sitting) decreased by 1.6 percent. This report describes how teens’ use of drugs and alcohol continues to decline, dropping in 2016 to the lowest rates since the 1990s.

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