Most of your classmates drink and smoke, right? Well, not so fast.
Alcohol and drugs are everywhere: they’re on billboards, in the books and magazines you read, in the shows and movies you watch, and possibly in your social media feeds. This can make it seem like all the kids in your school are drinking and smoking.
But the fact is: most of your classmates do not drink or smoke on a regular basis. This has been confirmed year after year by the California Healthy Kids Survey, and the most recent survey on high school students in South OC reveals that:
- 82% did not drink alcohol in the past 30 days
- 85% did not use marijuana in the past 30 days
- 80% did not use vapes/e-cigs in the past 30 days
We know these figures may be hard to believe and you may be thinking, “Wait a minute. There’s no way this is true! I’m positive kids are drinking and smoking more than that!” Well, this is precisely the perception that leads most teens to believe that most of the students at their school are using alcohol and drugs. Fortunately, we don’t need to rely on our perceptions when we have an anonymous and confidential survey of 82,000 students in California.
Instead of drinking and smoking, South OC teens are:
- Doing their homework and studying hard so they can do well in school.
- Involved in social causes, active in their church, or helping their neighbors because they care and want to make a difference.
- Expressing themselves through art, writing, dancing, acting, or filmmaking.
- Playing sports.
- Exercising, eating healthy foods, and taking care of their bodies.
- Hanging out with their friends.
Don’t let perceptions influence your reality. See what’s at stake.