Researchers have looked at how teen friend groups influence teen drinking, but what about how drinking influences friend groups? A recent study says drinking is linked to greater popularity for middle and high school students.
Researchers analyzed survey data from 7th to 12th graders, and they found that teens who drank had greater “social connectedness” with their peers and classmates. To make matters worse, getting drunk made teens more popular than just drinking. Reuters reports, “Kids who drank at all reported having an extra half a friend, on average, and those who got drunk reported one additional friend compared to non-drinkers.”
Experts said adults should find positive ways, like sports and other activities, to help their teens build social connectedness and form friendships.
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