Sorry, Every PSA Ever: Study Says Teens Who Drink Have More Friends

What your mother doesn't want you to know.

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A new scientific study suggests that teens who drink more alcohol have more friends, to which the popular kids said “no duh” in between sips of Smirnoff Ice.

Researchers looked at data from a 1994 study of 7th to 12th graders from 132 school that asked questions about drinking and friendship. Teens who said they drank at all had on average half a friend more than non-drinkers. Teens who said they got drunk had, on average, one friend more than abstainers. This was particularly true with white students.

But not everyone agrees with the study’s findings.

“There has not been much data to support that drinking among teenagers directly leads to higher popularity and more friendships,” said Peter Delany, the director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to Reuters. That’s actually the group that published the study, although Delaney obviously wasn’t on the research team.

The other glaring problem? Researchers analyzed data from 20 years ago. This was the era of cropped sweaters, school girl skirts, and butterfly clips accenting “Rachel” haircuts. Mike’s Hard Lemonade didn’t even exist yet!

[Reuters]

8 comments
MooseKnuckles
MooseKnuckles

Drinking=social gathering. Being social=more friends.

If you are 17 and don't drink you are less likely to go to a party. Which means you'll be hanging out with the other 3 people who didn't go to the party. Meanwhile there are 75 people at the party talking and playing games with one another.


If you grow up in the suburbs you are more likely to have more friends than someone who grew up in a rural town, population 600. Same idea. Expose yourself to more people, you'll likely have more friends. 

EthanClassetti
EthanClassetti

Well, I'm sure that their "friend's" in a few years will be dead of liver cancer or disease...

PaulSBarbato
PaulSBarbato

Ha. Yeah. More dumbass unreliable friends who won't even last that long and end up leaving you in a ditch.

watercrafty
watercrafty

The "friends" are called drinking buddies. Teens who sell drugs have more "friends" also. It is obvious your motive is to sell alcohol to teens. Sad. 

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@EthanClassetti

you're a f**king moron if you think that a few years' worth of drinking is going to cause liver disease for the average consumer. you'd have to be a raging, wake up and drink all day type of alcoholic to do that much damage in that short of a period of time, but i guess you don't know that, seeing as how you appear to spend the majority of your time/energy/brain power focusing on being a sanctimonious d-bag

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@watercrafty 

or the "friends" are groups of friends who all drink together. teens tend to not have "drinking buddies" in the traditional sense of the phrase, they tend to have actual friends and they all experiment with stuff together. you should really try removing your head from your sphincter