Affluent Kids at Top Schools More Likely to Become Addicts

A study of teenagers from wealthy communities who attended prestigious New England high schools found that they are two to three times more likely to become addicted to alcohol or drugs in their 20s as the average teen.

The longitudinal study, conducted by researchers at Arizona State University, followed teenagers through college and up to age 27. It found that males in the elite group were twice as likely to develop a drug or alcohol problem as the national average, and females were three times as likely.

Although there is no clear explanation for the difference, the study authors suggested that privileged teenagers have more money to buy drugs and alcohol, experience more pressure to succeed, and find greater social acceptance of drug and alcohol use. Parents may also assume that success in school means there are no problems, and not take steps to protect students from substance abuse.

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