U.S. adolescents seem to be opting for bud over booze

Adolescent use of cannabis is steadily increasing while alcohol consumption appears to have fallen out of favour with teens, suggests a new study out of the U.S.

Since 2000, the study published online last week in the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Toxicology found “adolescent cannabis abuse has increased 245 per cent.” That compares to alcohol abuse steadily declining over the same period, notes a study statement.

The data revealed more than 338,000 such incidents among children between the ages of six and 18. “More than 80 per cent of all reported exposure cases occurred in young people aged 13 to 18,” the statement reports, with just shy of a third of instances resulting in “worse than minor clinical outcomes.”

Looking at cannabis — at odds with use of alcohol and dextromethorphan (used to relieve coughs due to colds or flu) — “marijuana exposure cases remained relatively stable

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