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Do athletes engage in more deviance then non-athletes In the study of athletes and drugs one major topic that was discussed was the use of drugs by athletes at all levels With much controversy dealing with the issue of drug testing in high school college and professional sports many people are debating whether or not the use of drugs is a problem in the athletic system With the problems of drugs appearing in the world of sports many parents believe that if they place their children into a sport or any other extracurricular activity at an early age they will be spared from the world of drug use and maintain better grades in the long- run Little do they know that teens who play sports do get better grades but are also more likely to be the students who use alcohol and drugs It has been proven that alcohol cigarettes and marijuana are the leading choice among youths in America today journal of alcohol and drugs education pg 49 Due to the fact that the drugs mentioned above are probably the most common and easiest to get a hold of they are also usually the ones that kids try first Alcohol despite the increase in education and prevention efforts remains the drug most widely used by high school students Peer pressure also plays a large role in the amount of abuse that student do to their bodies Many athletes want to conform and fit into the mold of the school that is rooting for them A survey suggested that in 1992 51 of high school seniors claimed that they had consumed an alcohol beverage in the last month A study taken among high school athletes in 1988 showed that 83 of high school athletes have tried alcohol once in their lives While 55 admitted to consuming alcohol varying from a few times a month to once a day
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