New Study: Teens Don't See Problem with Daily Heavy Drinking

A new report says teens don't see much of a problem with daily heavy drinking.

The study being released Wednesday by The Partnership at Drugfree.org says teens don't see the big deal about downing five or more alcoholic drinks nearly every day.

When asked if they see "great risk" in drinking that much, almost half the teens questioned, 45 percent, said no.

The study also shows upward trends in marijuana and Ecstasy use among young people in grades nine through 12.

The study says the average age when teens had their first drink was 14. Overall, 68 percent said they've had alcohol. Of those, one quarter of teens had their first drink at age 12 or younger.

According to the study, teens said the top reasons for drinking were "because it is fun" and "so they won't feel left out."

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