Alcohol: The True Gateway Drug

Christopher Ingraham: “You may have heard that marijuana is a gateway drug … “New research out this month in the Journal of School Health could shed some light on this question. A team of researchers from Texas A&M and the University of Florida examined data from from 2,800 U.S. 12th graders interviewed for the Monitoring the Future study, an annual federal survey of teen drug use. They wanted to establish which substances teens typically used first.”

“They found that ‘the vast majority of respondents reported using alcohol prior to either tobacco or marijuana initiation.'”

“Not only that, but of those three main substances — alcohol, tobacco and marijuana — kids were the least likely to start using pot before the others.”

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