Which comes first for high-risk teens, sexual activity or alcohol use?
Few studies have looked at whether teens start drinking before they start having sex, or the other way around. Our research on teens in Missouri shows that, at least for girls, they start drinking about a year before they become sexually active.
Lynn Blinn Pike, Ph.D., Former Human Development & Family Studies Specialist, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, April 11, 2006