U.S. Teens Are Binge Drinking Less; Smoking More Bud

The trend is nationwide.

American teens today don't like binge drinking as much as teens of previous generations; instead our country's young and willing opt for the occasional toke on cannabis; and are also open to experimenting with other substances, according to a new study

Project Know, a provider of drugs and substance abuse information, compiled data from state and city government agencies to gauge drug use trends among teens across the country. According to the study, in states "along the East Coast, West Coast, and some Southwest and Midwest states, marijuana use by high school students was more frequent than binge drinking."

The data has Washington, D.C., where possessing the herb was decriminalized in 2014, showing the highest rate of elevated high school students, with 32.2 percent of the pupils reporting to smoke pot in the previous 30 days––but the lowest rate of young binge drinkers. Conversely, Iowa has one of the highest binge-drink rates, lowest cannabis rates.

As the Washington Post points out, Project Know's report is based on "data from before marijuana was legalized in the District, so no link between the D.C. marijuana law [sic] can be drawn to teenage usage rates."

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In Europe, where people begin drinking at a younger age, and weed is everywhere in some places, and nowhere in others, teens are less inclined to "binge drink," altogether––though young Europeans still reportedly consume alcohol more frequently than cannabis.