Texas Adults Aren't Crazy About Pot, But We Sure Do Like Our Liquor

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None for us, thanks. We're pretty much all just raging alcoholics.

A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) collects data from each state to determine the use of alcohol and drugs. Among the findings? We Texans like our booze, and we like a lot of it.

The report divides the findings by age group and type of substance abuse, such as general alcohol use, binge drinking, illicit drugs, and marijuana use. For Texas adults, numbers show that we aren't generally fond of pot. Only around 5 percent of adults smoked pot in the past month.

Around 23 percent of adults over the age of 26 binge drank in the past month. Just a handful of states beat us, including Louisiana (no surprises there) and Washington D.C. (we expect there are plenty of lawmakers slipping a sip under their desks).

Not surprisingly, the scale was significantly adjusted for younger age groups. Around 12 percent of Texas kids aged 12 to 17, and 22 percent of young adults, have smoked pot in last month. About 6 percent of 12 to 17 year olds binge drank, and around 37 percent of young adults found themselves shit-faced at some point in the last month.

Any shockers? California and Florida both had comparatively low numbers in the binge drinking category, with only around 30 percent of young adults getting wasted in the past month. Of course, that's probably because around 32 percent of young adults in these states also smoked pot in the last month.

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Few Texans over age 26 are frequent pot smokers.

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SAMHSA
The numbers skyrocket when it comes to Texas adults who frequently binge drink.


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MattL11
MattL11

How can they define "binge drinking" as "five or more drinks on the same occasion"? In my family, we call that "dinner."

sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333 topcommenter

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK (CBD = Can't Be Done), sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade

Deaths by Guns: Millions

Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions

Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever, marijuana revolution 2014

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33 

Mervis
Mervis

@dingo @sweetcookies3333 2nd comment on Economist story:

I'm surprised a respected journal like The Economist has rushed into the echo chamber on this one. As has been pointed out in numerous places elsewhere, this "study" was a thinly-disguised propaganda piece. Some clues: "...who smoked pot recreationally—but who were not, according to psychiatric testing, addicted to it" Uh, yeah, let's see, that would include EVERYONE, since no one gets "addicted" to marijuana in the sense most commonly attributed to the word, as with heroin or nicotine. But let's just throw in that word to color the story.

And a study with 20 subjects and 20 controls? That's supposed to be statistically meaningful? Only in the sense that Reefer Madness was a documentary.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Everything in moderation, grasshoppers.

Except bacon.

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