Survey: Sporty teens less likely to smoke, use drugs

May 30, 2011 1:51:16 PM PDT
Teenagers who exercise and play team sports are less likely to smoke or use drugs than their classmates who do not participate in those extracurricular activities. However, student athletes drink more alcohol than their peers.

Researchers from the University of Michigan suggest targeting student athletes for alcohol prevention to address the issue.

Authors of the study surveyed nearly 12,000 high school seniors until they were 25 or 26 years old. The findings appear in the journal "Addiction."