More Negative Effects Result from Youth Marijuana Use than Alcohol Use


A recent study published in Addiction examined whether alcohol and marijuana use predicted high school educational, social, and health outcomes.

A longitudinal study of 6509 middle school students were surveyed from age 11.5 to 17 years old (high school).

Greater alcohol use predicted greater academic unpreparedness and delinquency.

Greater marijuana use predicted greater academic unpreparedness and delinquency, as well as poorer academic performance and mental health.

This study is important because it highlights that marijuana use in adolescence may be even more harmful to youth than alcohol use, in terms of additional negative educational and mental health outcomes.

While proponents of marijuana legalization often claim that marijuana use if less harmful than alcohol, this study indicates the opposite is the case.

This study’s data suggest that prevention and health specialists and organizations should target the prevention of both alcohol and marijuana use among young and older adolescents to reduce negative educational, social, and health effects.

Read more recent research on marijuana’s harmful effects on youth and young adults: http://preventionpluswellness.com/2016/10/research-youth-marijuana-harm/

Read the study abstract: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27130360

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