Social Isolation and Alcohol Abuse

Findings from a recent University of Texas at Austin study indicate that teenagers who abuse alcohol are more likely to feel socially isolated than their non-drinking peers. According to the study, in schools characterized by tight-knit friend groups, “alcohol consumption leads to increased social stress and poor grades.”The study was conducted as part of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a comprehensive study of adolescent behavior.

The study, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, has resulted in recommendations for how public schools should incorporate nonacademic dimensions of school life and youth development in attempts to meet academic accountability benchmarks.

One Response to “Social Isolation and Alcohol Abuse”

  1. Edwin Bonilla Says:

    Drinking by secondary school students is not as popular as I thought it was and that’s a good thing. Girls and boys who have the problems such as declining grades and stress should get help which focus on development.