Thursday, February 12, 2009

The less teens go out, the less they abused cannibis in 31 developed countries

According to a study reported in the February, 2009 issue of the Journal, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the less 15 years old go out at night the less likely they will use cannibis. Here is a snippet from the abstact of the article:

A decrease in the prevalence of cannabis use was found in most of the 31 participating countries and regions. The most marked decreases were found in England, Portugal, Switzerland, Slovenia, and Canada. Increases occurred only in Estonia, Lithuania, Malta, and among Russian girls. The more frequently adolescents reported going out with their friends in the evenings, the more likely they were to report using cannabis. This link was consistent for boys and girls and across survey years. Across countries, changes in the mean frequency of evenings spent out were strongly linked to changes in cannabis use.

My wife and I had nine children. We had a rule that when you are going out we need to know where you are going, who you will be with, what you will be doing, and when you will be home. If we didn't have the answers to these questions or didn't like the answers to these questions, our son or daughter would not be going out. I would add, "And make sure you're straight with me because I might check.", and randomly I did.

You can read the study abstract by clicking here.

1 comment:

David G. Markham said...

Hi Dave:

Just another example of how parental supervision goes a long way in reducing substance abusing problems in the younger population.

All the best,