According to HealthDay, a new study suggests that teens who drink are more likely to feel like social outcasts than teens who do not drink.
Social isolation is evident in schools with cliques and fewer drinkers, which suggests that teens who drink feel like outcasts among other students who do not drink .
University of Texas researchers studied data from a national survey conducted on nearly 8, 300 teens from 126 different schools. They found a correlation between social isolation and poor grades.
Co-author of the study Robert Crosnoe said, “This finding doesn’t imply that drinkers would be better off in schools in which peer networks are tightly organized around drinking. Instead, the results suggest that we need to pay attention to youth in problematic school environments in general, but also to those who may have trouble in seemingly positive school environments.”
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