35 Percent of Canadian Teens Admit to Riding With Driver Who Had Been Drinking

A new study finds more than 35 percent of Canadian high school students admit to having been in a car with a driver who had been drinking, while 20 percent reported ever riding with a driver who had been using marijuana.

“These numbers are concerning,” said study author Leia Minaker of the University of Waterloo. “A significant proportion of car-crash deaths are related to alcohol and drug impairment.”

The findings come from a national survey of almost 25,000 students, HealthDay reports. The survey found 9 percent of students in grades 11 and 12 have driven within an hour of drinking. More than 9 percent have driven after having used marijuana.

The findings are published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal Open.

How to Address Underage Drinking

Alcohol is the most widely used substance among America’s teens and young adults, posing substantial health and safety risks. Believe it or not, the average age for a first drink is 14.

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