[Rizzn’s Note: Further evidence that doesn’t really come as news to conservatives … vices go together.  Who would have thought that those who rebel often participate in more than one kind of risky activity? 

Abstinence programs still sound like a bad idea?]

WASHINGTON A new survey of American teens shows it’s not just a cliche — sex and drugs often do go together.

Teens surveyed who say most of their friends are having sex are themselves more likely to have tried marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes.

The survey also found that the more time teens spend with their boyfriends or girlfriends — the more likely they are to smoke, drink and use drugs.

The annual survey was conducted by Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. It asks young people age 12 to 17 about their use of illegal substances. Researchers then check for other factors that could be associated with such use.

The center’s president says this year’s results show a “tight connection” between teen sexual behavior and substance abuse. Joseph Califano warns that parents whose children are dating or sexually active should be on alert for signs of substance abuse.

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