New Study Finds Alcohol Consumption a Possible Cause of Social Isolation and Poor Grades among Teenagers

teenage alcohol abuseOver the years, we have read quite a number of documents about how alcohol consumption can help reduce a person’s inhibitions. However, a new study published in the June online issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior shows that teenage drinkers are more likely to feel like a social outcast and struggle academically.

The study, participated by 8,271 adolescents from 126 schools, was authored by Robert Crosnoe, professor of sociology, and Aprile Benner, assistant professor of human development and family sciences, as part of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. They found a correlation between drinking and feelings of loneliness and not fitting in across all school environments. But according to Crosnoe, such feelings of loneliness were particularly significant among self-reported drinkers in schools where fellow students tended to avoid alcohol and were tightly connected to one another. These teenage drinkers are more likely to feel socially isolated when not surrounded by fellow drinkers.

“Adolescents who feel as though they don’t fit in at school often struggle academically, even when capable and even when peers value academic success, because they become more focused on their social circumstances than their activities,” Crosnoe added.

Along with drugs, alcohol use among teenagers remains a major public health problem in the United States. It is seen as one of the major culprits of injuries, violence, and acquisition of diseases.

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