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Connection Between Adolescent Drinking And Crimes

A new study has discovered a strong connection between adolescent drinking and the commission of crimes.

“This issue is extremely important because adolescents who are criminally active are significantly more likely to be adult criminals,” said study author Michael T. French, a professor of health economics at the University of Miami. “Although adolescents often commit less serious crimes than adults – for example, vandalism and shoplifting – these behaviors can quickly escalate into a criminally active lifestyle without effective interventions. Understanding how alcohol use among adolescents may contribute to criminal activity is therefore a logical and policy relevant area for research.”

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