High school years hard on adolescent health, with spikes in drinking, smoking and drug use: Canada study

National Post | Life

High school may improve young people’s minds, but it does the opposite for their bodies.

A new study out of the University of Waterloo shows Canadian students in Grade 12 are in worse health than their younger high school peers.

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A medical journal is raising concerns about alcohol advertising, saying young girls are being influenced by the ads.

The editorial in this week’s issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal says health warnings should be embedded in alcohol ads, so that young girls understand the risks of drinking.

The author, Dr. Ken Flegel, says parents should also model responsible alcohol consumption for their children.

The editorial says studies from the United States show that alcohol advertising aimed at young women is being viewed more commonly by young girls.

The studies also show that increased exposure…

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