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Do These Odds Still Hold True? #6

In 1996, multiple claims were made about teenage behavior....

Risk that the average teenager will drink hard liquor:

  • 1 in 60: Daily
  • 1 in 6: Once or twice a month

Risk that the average teenager will smoke marijuana:

  • 1 in 30: Daily
  • 1 in 140: Once or twice a month

Risk that the average teenager will use cocaine:

  • 1 in 100: Daily
  • 1 in 140: Once or twice a month

Risk that the average teenager or young adult (ages 14-25) will die from:

  • 1 in 3,500: Car accident
  • 1 in 4,500: Murder
  • 1 in 7,700: Suicide

Your Task: Do you think these "risk" odds remain true today, though sad they already are? If they are not true, what odds do you think are true? Do some research and justify your conclusions....and then start working on changing them in a significant, positive manner.

Source: "A Fistful of Risks," Discover, May 1996, p. 83