It seems popularity of alcohol compared to marijuana has dwindled in high school students, according to a recent study.
According to Project Know’s website, 32% of high school students in DC reportedly used marijuana within 30 days time frame, indicating that marijuana has become an increasingly common preference for students below the age of 18, instead of binge drinking. Project Know is a program that connects people with drug or alcohol addictions to their specified treatment or rehabilitation centers.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or above. This typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks, and when women consume 4 or more drinks, in about 2 hours. This sort of drinking, according to reports, has a high statistic among students in states such as West Virginia, New Jersey and Montana. However, jurisdictions that include District of Columbia, Washington and New Mexico all have a high rate of marijuana usage. This statistic is a cause of concern for many health professionals, since they agree that substance abuse will become more common in these adolescents because of the constant existence of marijuana in their daily lives.
While these reports are not able to correlate the high usage of marijuana or drop in binge drinking to something tangible, the statistics should not be ignored. The legalization of marijuana in Colorado is just one of the many different ways that have made it easier for teenagers to use and possibly abuse drugs. And that should worry us all.