Education, Leisure and Adolescent Drinking: What's the Link?

A new study published in The International Journal of Drug Policy investigates differences in drinking patterns between Russian adolescents who favour vocational training and those who do not.

Results suggest that the former educational pathway is associated with higher levels of alcohol consumption, even before entry into vocational schools and colleges.

Thus, to what extent can this trend be explained by differences in preferred extracurricular activities?

The study found that reading for pleasure was associated with the lowest levels of drinking, whereas, perhaps surprisingly, participation in religious activities was linked to the greatest consumption of alcohol.

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