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Teens who use alcohol, marijuana together are at higher risk for unsafe driving

Teens who use alcohol, marijuana together are at higher risk for unsafe driving

Source:  (As reported in ScienceDaily, April 28, 2014)  Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. (2014, April 28). Teens who use alcohol, marijuana together are at higher risk for unsafe driving. ScienceDaily.  Retrieved May 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140428074801.htm

ScienceDaily Summary:

Teenagers who drink alcohol and smoke marijuana may be at increased risk for unsafe driving, according to a study. The findings point to a need for education on the risks of “simultaneous use” of alcohol and marijuana. The study of U.S. high school seniors found that teens who had used both in the past year had higher rates of traffic tickets/warnings and cat accidents. At particular risk were kids who used alcohol and marijuana at the same time: They were about 50 to 90 percent more likely to admit to unsafe driving than their peers who did not drink or smoke pot.

Journal Reference:

Terry-McElrath, Y. M., O’Malley, P. M., & Johnston, L. D. Alcohol and marijuana use patterns associated with unsafe driving among U.S. high school seniors: High use frequency, concurrent use, and simultaneous useJournal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75(3), 378-389

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