Study: Alcohol, Tobacco Typically Precede Marijuana Use

NORML | January 21, 2016

College Station, TX: Alcohol is typically the first substance consumed by individuals who report polydrug use later in life, according to data published in The Journal of School Health.

Researchers from Texas A&M University and the University of Florida, Gainesville evaluated drug use patterns from a nationally representative sample of 2,835 12th graders.

Youth alcohol use most often preceded the use of tobacco or marijuana. Subjects’ age of alcohol initiation was the strongest predictor of later polydrug use, authors found.

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