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Peer Pressure Influences Teen Alcohol Use

Teen Alcohol Use

Peer pressure has usually had negative connotations, and drinking during adolescence has both short- and long-term negative health consequences. A new study has learned that anti-alcohol norms seemed more influential than pro-alcohol norms and that adolescents were more influenced by their high-status than low-status peers.

Teunissen said that the study has three messages for alcohol researchers.

“The first is clarification that peer influence can affect adolescents’ willingness to drink. Second, popular peers seem to have a stronger influence on adolescents’ drinking behavior than unpopular peers; and third, popular peers may also have a protective effect on adolescent alcohol use.”

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