WVU researcher looks at teens’ use of alcohol

Research a West Virginia University associate professor is conducting may not seem important at first glance — but it is.

WVU researcher Alfgeir Kristjansson is investigating use of alcohol by middle school students. He and his team will be looking into how frequently about 2,000 West Virginia students in grades 6-8 use alcohol and other drugs.

Their focus is what situations make it more likely that the children will use alcohol or other drugs.

Your initial reaction to that may be that there is little reason to worry about children that young using alcohol or other drugs.

Think again.

A nationwide study, the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance project, monitors various types of hazarous behavior by juveniles.

In 2017, nearly one-fourth of the middle school students surveyed in West Virginia admitted to having drunk alcohol at least once.

Kristjansson’s study should help parents learn when children are most susceptible to abusing alcohol or other drugs — and prevent the problem.


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