Risky behavior down among New Mexico high school students

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 5:52pm

Risky behavior is down among high school students in New Mexico, according to the Youth Risk and Resiliency survey results.

Categories like binge drinking smoking and fighting are all significantly lower than they were ten years ago.

"Kids still drink but maybe a little bit less than they used to," said Jarrod Woods, a high school senior in Las Cruces. "People are at least a little more educated about it."

The report by the New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department shows binge drinking is down to 17.1percent.

Ten years ago that percentage was more than double at about 35.4 percent

"I think that's gone down cause there's no point in drinking," said Edwin Barraza, a high school junior.

The same trend was seen with smoking with high school students statewide reported only 14.4 percent smoked at least one cigarette in the last 30 days.

In 2003 30.2 percent of students said they had smoked.

The report also shows 27.2 percent say they were in a physical fight, compared to 2003 when 38.9 percent of New Mexico high schoolers surveyed were in a fight over a year's time.

Woods said there are programs in place to help curb risky behavior but it's ultimately up to the students to make the right decisions.

"I think those programs have kind of been around for a while so I think it's maybe more on the kids."

It wasn't all positive with smoking tobacco with a hookah or water pipe seeing a slight increase but drug use is reported to be holding steady over the years.


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