US teens smoke, drink less than Europeans

University of Michigan researchers compared findings from the 2011 European Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs covering 100,000 15- to 16-year-olds from 37 countries and the US Monitoring the Future survey of 46,700 secondary school students.

Smoking was more than twice as high in Europe as it was in the US (28% vs 12%), the researchers said in a media statement. While 27% of American teens had drunk alcohol during the previous 30 days, among Europeans it was 57%.

However, US teens were much more likely than Europeans –