Back pain in teens linked to smoking, drinking and poor mental health

A reminder not to dismiss the finding as 'trivial or fleeting'

Frequent back pain in teenagers may be a flag for poor general physical and mental health, Australian research suggests.

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Data from almost 6400 adolescents in two different cohorts shows that those with back pain are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol and miss school.

The study involves teens aged between 14 and 16 who were enrolled in the Australian Child Wellbeing Project and the Healthy Schools Healthy Futures study.

It found that those who experienced back pain more than once a week