Gene may boost effects of peer pressure

Gene may boost effects of peer pressure

Some teens show DNA-related sensitivity to substance use levels at school

By Bruce Bower, 09:52 AM August 21, 2012

All too often, high school students have to decide whether to join in on gulping down booze with the cool kids or lighting up a cigarette with parking-lot rebels. A new study suggests that genetics plays a role in the likelihood that some teens will succumb to this kind of peer pressure.

Adolescents generally report drinking and smoking a lot in schools with high levels of such behavior, and doing so relatively infrequently in schools with low levels of substance use. These trends were stro...

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