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colorchangintiger
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Dan Carlin
Member since Nov 2005
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Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
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Alcohol — not marijuana — is the gateway drug that leads adolescents down the path toward more serious substances, a new University of Florida study shows.

The findings may not settle a decades-old debate over how drug abuse begins, but it could help educators and policymakers build more effective drug-prevention programs, said Adam Barry, an assistant professor and researcher in the College of Health and Human Performance.

“By recognizing the important predictive role of alcohol and delaying initiation of alcohol use, school officials and public health leaders can positively impact the progression of substance use,” he said. “I am confident in our findings and the clear implication¬¬s they have for school-based prevention programs. By delaying and/or preventing the use of alcohol, these programs can indirectly reduce the rate of use of other substances.”






Bama and Beer
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Edgewater, MD
Member since Oct 2010
73990 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
Not surprised


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bigberg2000
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houston, from chalmette
Member since Sep 2005
54197 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
Yeah no doubt.


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polarbehr
LSU Fan
behind gump lines
Member since Sep 2011
6568 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
Without a doubt, second biggest, boredom


BOSCEAUX
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Where the Down Boys go.
Member since Mar 2008
37390 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
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second biggest, family members


fify


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Titus Pullo
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MTDGA
Member since Feb 2011
21800 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
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Biggest Gateway Drug


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boredom



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NicoBlues
LSU Fan
I eat frogs
Member since Dec 2009
15010 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
WEED ISNT BAD!!!!




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gazelles
Georgia Fan
Member since Apr 2011
1075 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
i railed 3 bumps of K because i had a natty



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etm512
LSU Fan
Mandeville, LA
Member since Aug 2005
15960 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
The idea of a "gateway" drug is ridiculous to begin with. For the most part, nobody jumps right into heroin or crack abuse because they are not as easily available or affordable as alcohol or weed. So when researchers look at these individuals and ask what their first drug experience was, 99.9% of the time it will be weed or alcohol. Correlation is not causality.


Jones
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Oct 2005
64687 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
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crack


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not as easily available or affordable


crack is pretty cheap and easy to get


Catman88
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Dec 2004
44528 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
Doesnt make sense.. There are people that smoke week but dont drink to begin with??

I think hormones and stupid laws have more to do with alcohol and drug abuse than anything else. Otherwise people would probably just use in moderation.


REB BEER
South of I-20
Member since Dec 2010
7635 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
Makes Sense


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tigerinthebueche
LSU Fan
Erwinville, LA.
Member since Oct 2010
13337 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
horse shite. i've been drinking consistenly (at times heavily ) for 31 years and i dont do any other drugs. Other than a stretch with steroids in my 20s. Alcohol ain't the culprit.


bee Rye
Chicago Cubs Fan
New orleans
Member since Jan 2006
28131 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
so they needed to do a study to show what everyone already knew.

marijuana isn't a gateway drug


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Jones
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Oct 2005
64687 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
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stupid laws have more to do with alcohol and drug abuse than anything else. Otherwise people would probably just use in moderation.


thats a bit of a stretch


etm512
LSU Fan
Mandeville, LA
Member since Aug 2005
15960 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
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crack is pretty cheap and easy to get


Easy to get if you are actively looking for it. I guess by availability I meant that you can find a lot more people that have weed or access to weed than those hardcore drugs.


rpulli1
Iona Fan
the beach
Member since Jan 2011
694 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
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stupid laws have more to do with alcohol and drug abuse than anything else. Otherwise people would probably just use in moderation.


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thats a bit of a stretch



Look at usage rates and alcoholism treatment rates in Europe. They are measurably less than in the good ole USA


CarRamrod
USA Fan
Spurbury, VT
Member since Dec 2006
38213 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
Shut it pot head.


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dedfella
Alabama Fan
Ms
Member since Aug 2011
3953 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
For me it was Paregoric

In the late 60's it was an OTC med and as a baby/toddler I had horrible stomach issues

I spent the next 25-30 years chasing that same high


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polarbehr
LSU Fan
behind gump lines
Member since Sep 2011
6568 posts

re: Biggest Gateway Drug? Alcohol
Laws are very different in Europe, they do not favor the users in any way.

Most people grow up faster. So it is out of their system.

If we had the laws they have things here would be very different.

I lived in Europe for quite a while.


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