National Youth Risk Behavior Survey: 1991-2005

The Center for Disease Control just published the results of the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. There is some good news and some bad news. Alcohol use, smoking, inhalant use, suicide attempts and sexual activity are all down among high school students since 1991. The bad news is that cocaine and marijuana use are up.
One reason that this is particularly important is that we know that earlier alcohol use is associated with high rates of dependence.