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Addict Behav. 2000 Sep-Oct;25(5):779-83.

The co-occurrence of smoking and binge drinking in adolescence.

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The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University, New York, NY 10019, USA.


The present work sought to determine adolescent rates of smoking and binge-drinking co-occurrence. Secondary analyses were conducted on the interview responses of more than 4,000 adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 who took part in the 1995 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. Results revealed that not only are adolescent smokers likely to be binge drinkers, but adolescent binge drinkers are also likely to be smokers. Conversely, those who abstain from involvement with one of these substances generally abstain from the other as well. The discussion highlighted race/ethnic and gender differences in co-occurrence rates as well as prevention and intervention implications.

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