Dating at the young age
A link exists between teen dating and substance abuse, according to a 2004 study conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.
The study found that teenagers who spend 25 or more hours a week with a girlfriend or boyfriend are more likely to abuse substances.
Teens can use condoms to decreases the risk of unintended pregnancy and contracting STDS.
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The study also revealed that girls who date boys two or more years older than them are more likely to drink alcohol, try marijuana and smoke.
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