Friends of partner influence drinking behavior in teens

09/29/2011 | HealthDay News

Teens with partners whose friends were heavy drinkers were twice as likely to engage in binge drinking as teens with friends or partners who were heavy drinkers, a study in American Sociological Review found. "Adolescents are motivated to be more like their partner's friends in an effort to strengthen their relationship with their partner," lead author Derek Kreager explained. The results were based on data from 449 heterosexual couples in grades 7 to 12 in the mid-1990s.

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