U.S. Youth Ditch Alcohol for Cannabis in Record Numbers, Study Says

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Youth alcohol abuse peaked over 20 years ago back in 2000, when the largest number of abuse cases involved exposure to ethanol. Dextromethorphan—the most reported substance over the study period—peaked in 2006, but has fallen out of favor among American youth. Researchers noted 57,488 incidents involving children aged just 6 to twelve, but they were cases involving vitamins, plants, melatonin, hand sanitizers, and other typical household objects. The same pattern can be seen as fewer American youth are drinking alcohol. Since then, child alcohol abuse has steadily declined over the years.

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American youth are smoking pot more than ever before, but according to the same data, they are dropping booze habits at the same time—begging the question if society is better off as a whole.

The findings were published Monday in the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Toxicology, pinpointing precisely 338,727 instances of intentional abuse or misuse amongst American children aged 6-18. Americans did a fairly good job of keeping drugs away from young...

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