Study: half of suburban Cleveland teens drink alcohol

CLEVELAND (AP) - A study of Cuyahoga County suburban teen-agers shows nearly half drank alcohol, 46 percent smoked marijuana and 47 percent lost their virginity.

The results are better than state and national rates in some areas, and worse in others.

Cuyahoga County students reported less weapon-carrying than state and national averages. Fewer of them drank alcohol and used tobacco than their state counterparts.

But fewer Cuyahoga County teens used seat belts and more drove under the influence than did students nationally.

Neither school officials nor researchers expressed shock at the results. But there are concerns that some risky behaviors are starting at a younger age.

The survey was conducted by the Center for Adolescent Health at Case Western Reserve University.

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