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More Friends Means Increased Chance For Adolescent Alcohol Use

New research finds that adolescents are more likely to begin drinking alcohol when they have large social networks of friends.

Adolescents are at an increased risk of alcohol use onset because of their position in the social network in relationship to their friends – and the friends of their friends.

“In this study, adolescents in higher density school networks were more likely to initiate alcohol use. More dense networks exhibit more interconnected clusters that magnify the spread of influence,” said Marlon P. Mundt, Ph.D., the study author and a professor in the Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin.

 

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