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Booze Too Slow for Teens

Source: Onenewsone
Written by: Bill Bumpas
Date: 12/22/2011

A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan for the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that more teens are smoking pot and see it as less of a risk while at the same time alcohol use among the same age group is dropping to historic lows.  Dr. Karl Benzio, founder and executive director of Lighthouse Network, a Christian-based addiction and mental health referral program, tells OneNewsNow that alcohol delivers its effect too slowly for teens in what he describes as a “microwave generation.”

Dr. Karl Benzio (Lighthouse Network)“Something like marijuana, you can get a good high in about 3-5 minutes; drinking alcohol takes a lot longer to get a high,” Benzio explains.  “Taking pain pills from your grandparents’/parents’ medicine cabinet, you can get a good high in about 15 or 20 minutes.”

The Lighthouse spokesman says a teen tends not to think about consequences down the road. He describes this teen mentality: “Right now I got some problems and situations I just want to escape and get rid of and exercise from or soothe immediately [and] then whatever’s at my fingertips — whether that’s texting, whether that’s a joint to get high, whether that’s pornography — I’m going to use that right now.”