In a study of 12,000 young Swiss men, it was found that most young marijuana smokers know the risks of marijuana and other drugs while consuming them. Over 70 percent of the men surveyed who consume addictive substances say their knowledge of alcohol and drug abuse is good, which is a higher level than those who abstain.
Researchers from the University of Zurich’s Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine examined whether young Swiss men knew about the consequences of being hooked on addictive substances such as alcohol, marijuana or other drugs.
The study found that alcohol abusers are far more likely to research information at the rate of 2 1/2 times more frequently than those who do not drink. Marijuana users research addictive substances five times more frequently than those who don’t smoke marijuana. “The search for information greatly depends on the substance consumed. Generally, consumers of addictive substances are more likely to seek information on addictive substances compared to abstainers,” explains Meichun Mohler-Kuo, a lecturer at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine.
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