How much are North Carolina teenagers drinking alcohol, smoking and having sex?

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North Carolina teenagers have sex and smoke tobacco and marijuana a little more than the rest of the country, but drink less alcohol.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made those claims in its annual Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance study, which was released earlier this week.

More than 13,500 responses were used in the study, which surveyed North Carolina high school students.

Some of the findings are included below:

  • 32.2 percent of North Carolina teenagers admitted to currently drinking alcohol, slightly below the national median of 32.7 percent.
  • 14.6 percent admitted to having drank five drinks in a row, below the national median of 18.3 percent.
  • 23.2 percent admitted to currently using marijuana, compared with the national median of 19.7 percent.
  • 15 percent admitted to currently smoking cigarettes, above the national median of 13.8 percent.
  • 40.8 percent admitted to having tried marijuana, compared with the national median of 36.6 percent.
  • 47.3 percent admitted to having had sexual intercourse, compared with the national median of 43.4 percent.
  • 32.1 percent described themselves as sexually active, compared with 30.9 percent nationally.

The study also found that North Carolina teenagers admitted to texting and emailing while driving at a rate below the national median.

Read the full study: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

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