Reasons why ____ is more popular:
This is a question I get ALL THE TIME from parents: “which is more popular?” “If my kid is drinking does it mean he/she is also smoking?” Of course, it is different depending on the area and the school, but for the most part I think that both pot and alcohol are extremely prevalent amongst teens today. And as I mentioned in my Warning Signs Your Teen is Doing Pot post, our generation does not really think the consequences (health, legal and otherwise) are a very big deal…which is a problem.
I also want to point out (thank you to my email tips!) that in an article from the LA Times last week, three teen boys taunted and were attacked by a tiger in the SF Zoo. The article revealed the toxicology results from the boys involved in the tiger attack. According to the article, toxicology results for Paul Dhaliwal (19) showed that his blood-alcohol level was 0.16 after the attack, while his brother Kulbir Dhaliwal’s blood-alcohol level was 0.04% and Carlos Sousa Jr. (17) was 0.02%. All three had marijuana in their systems. Kulbir Dhaliwal told police that the three had smoked pot and that each had “a couple of shots of vodka” before leaving San Jose for the Zoo Dec. 25th.
One of the boys admitted stading atop a railing of the big-cat enclosure and yelling and waving at the animal that would maul them, killing his friend. The boys were using both marijuana and alcohol and obviously their judgment was seriously impaired, yet even some of my friends believe that these drugs alone or in combination would not provoke this kind of behavior.
Warning Signs Your Teen is Doing Pot
[Picture courtesy of the Los Angeles Times]