Health + Safety

Study: American Teens Drinking and Smoking Less, Texting More

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American teens are less involved in drinking, smoking and fighting. But they are becoming involved in other disturbing behaviors,  including texting behind the wheel and spending limitless time on video games and computers, according to the government’s latest study of youth risk behavior.

Essentially, the outcome of the study was pretty good. Most forms of drug use, weapons use and risky sexual behavior have decreased since the government initiated the biennial  survey in 1991. It is also noted that teens are taking more safety precautions by using helmets and seat belts.

“Overall, young people have more healthy behaviors than they did 20 years ago,” said Dr. Stephanie Zaza, who oversees the study at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Check out the highlights of the study here.