According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), June and July are the months that teens start drinking and smoking cigarettes and marijuana the most.
On average, more than 11,000 teens between the ages of 12 and 17 use alcohol for the first time in the months of June and July. Besides December, the daily average for first-time alcohol use is between 5,000 and 8,000 teens.
An average of 5,000 teens smoke cigarettes during June and July compared to the 3,000-4,000 youth who smoke cigarettes during the rest of the year. There are similar patterns to the use of marijuana among teens – 4,500 youth beginning to smoke marijuana during June and July compared to the 3,000-4,000 youth who smoke it during the rest of the year.
SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde believes that “more free time and less adult supervision can make the summertime an exciting time for many young people, but it can also increase the likelihood of exposure to the dangers of substance abuse.”
The report titled, “Monthly Variation in Substance Use Initiation among Adolescents is on SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports from 2002 to 2010. The reports include interviews with over 230,000 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17.
To read the full report, click here.