Girls More Likely Than Boys to Start Using Alcohol, Cigarettes, and Marijuana

Center for Substance Abuse Research, 3/20/06

Based on data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables, 2005, the Center for Substance Abuse Research is reporting that girls ages 12-17 are more likely than boys of the same age to initiate use of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. Nearly 1.5 million girls began using alcohol for the first time in the past year versus 1.2 million boys. Girls are also just as likely as boys to have reported using substances in the last month: alcohol (18.0% vs 17.2%), cigarette (12.5% vs. 11.3%) and marijuana (7.1% vs. 8.1%).


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