Risky Lifestyle

Studies have found that there are serious, unforeseen consequences to typical sexual behaviors and birth control practices. You can live freer when you choose wisely; but you can’t choose until you get all of the facts possible.

Underage Drinking Associated with Promiscuity; 40% of Underage Drinkers Receive Free Alcohol From an Adult
Many Underage Drinkers Get Their Alcohol From an Adult, and Consume 2-5 drinks at an Average Occasion (2008)

Sexually Active Teens More Likely to Engage in More Risky Acts
Teens Who Are Sexually Active Are More Likely to Engage in Other Risky Sexual Behaviors (2008)

Teens who Have Sex at an Early Age Increase Their Risk of Delinquency

Sexual intercourse at an early age may hinder social development and contribute to an individual’s participation in delinquent behaviors one year later. (2007)

Teens' Brain Growth and Behavior Linked
Some Teens Emotions are Developing Faster Than the Parts of Their Brains that Manage Those Emotions. (2008)

Risky Lifestyle Behaviors in Youth Extend into Adulthood

Risky lifestyle behaviors, which contribute to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among youth and adults, often are established during childhood and adolescence, extend into adulthood, are interrelated, and are preventable. (2006)

The Dangers of Spring Break Behaviors for Young Women
Spring break trips frequently involve heavier drinking than on college campuses as well as an increase in risky sexual activity. (2006)

The U.S. Has One of the Highest Teen Pregnancy Rates in the Developed World
By their 18th birthday, six in 10 teenage girls and more than five in 10 teenage boys have had sexual intercourse (2006)

Number of Students Having Sex Dropping & Adolescent Birth Rate at Record Low
There has been a reported decrease in the proportion of students having sexual intercourse. (2007)

Almost Half of All 15-19 Year Olds in the U.S. Have Had Sex At Least Once
By the time teens reach 19 years old, seven in 10 teens have engaged in sexual intercourse. (2006)

Females with History of Casual Sex Report Most Depression
For females, as the number of sexual partners increase, depressive symptoms increase as well. (2006)

Alcohol is a Common Precursor to Teen Girls’ Participation in Sex Parties

Girls report that alcohol use and hook-ups are common at sex parties. Parties allow for sexual experimentation without the social expectations of dating relationships. (2006)

Exposure to Smoking in Movies Predicts Risk of Becoming an Established Smoker
Exposure to smoking in movies by adolescents predicts a risk of becoming an established smoker, an outcome linked with adult dependent smoking and its associated morbidity and mortality. (2007)

Teen Girls Who Lose Their Virginity By age 17 Are More Likely to Have an Abortion later in Life.
The age of the girl when she first has sex is associated with the likelihood of her choosing abortion. (2006)

Teens Who Lose Their Virginity By 15 Are More Likely To Regret it.
Young adults who lose their virginity before they are 15 are more likely to regret it. (2006)

Cigarette Smoking Linked to Risky Sexual Behavior Among Teens
Cigarette smoking and risky sexual behaviors often occur together in teens and can be a reflection of addictive lifestyles and role modeling. (2005)

Drug and Alcohol Consumption Associated with Risky Sexual Behaviors
Various studies have found that substance-using teens are a high-risk group for risky sexual practices and might be a target for programs and policies designed to reduce sexual risk-taking behaviors. (2005)

Risky Lifestyle Behaviors in Youths Linked to Depression and Suicide
Youths who engage in more risky patterns of sex and drug behaviors are at a higher risk for depression and suicide. Although risk behavior is associated with elevated depression symptoms for both genders, the likelihood of depression is higher for girls. (2005)

STDs Transmitted Through Oral Sex
A large number of teens and some adults may be engaging in oral sex to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. However, a report from the National Center for Health Statistics (a division of the CDC) cited evidence that HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, chancroid, and syphilis can all be transmitted through oral sex. (September 16, 2005)

Teens and Risky Sexual Behavior
While going through a process of emotional growth in adolescence, teens frequently get involved in risky sexual behaviors that expose them to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Researchers have found that abstinence-only sex education intervention programs are effective in the prevention of unintended adolescent pregnancies. (2005)

Teens' Brain Not Fully Developed
What was once blamed on as being “raging hormones” in teens is now being seen as the by-product of two factors: an excess amount of hormones and a lack of the cognitive controls needed for mature behavior. According to recent research findings, the brain isn’t fully mature until a person reaches about 25 years of age. (May 2, 2004)

Abstinence Responsible for 53% of Decrease in Teen Pregnancy Rates During the 1990's
Study observes that the decrease in teen pregnancies and birthrates in the 1990's can be attributed to both a decrease in sexual experience (abstinence) and an increase in the use of contraception. (2004)

Early Initiation of Sex Among Girls Increases Negative Life Outcomes
Girls who begin sexual activity at earlier ages and have high numbers of non-marital sex partners are far more likely to have a wide variety of negative life outcomes including: increased rates of infection with sexually transmitted diseases, out-of-wedlock pregnancy and birth, increased single parenthood, decreased marital stability, increased material and child poverty, increased abortion, increased depression and decreased happiness. (June 23, 2003)

Chaste Teens Significantly Less Likely to be Depressed
When compared to teens who are not sexually active, teenage boys and girls who are sexually active are significantly less likely to be happy and more likely to feel depressed. Also, when compared to teens who are not sexually active, teenage boys and girls who are sexually active are significantly more likely to attempt suicide. (June 2, 2003)

Drug Use During Adolescence Associated with Addictive Behavior Later in Life
During the neurodevelopmental changes that occur in the brains of adolescents, sometime in the period where they have poor impulse control and increased risk taking behavior, the introduction of addictive drugs may contribute to further addictive behavior in later years. (June 2003)

Abstinence Accounts for 67% Decrease in Teen Pregnancies During the 1990's

Various studies over the years have used different research methods to identify the cause of the decline in teen pregnancy rates. When properly implemented, abstinence education is the best method for reducing teen pregnancy. (2003)

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