Texas is #1!!
Texas teens among 'nation's worst'
They're drinking, having sex at rates higher than U.S. average, report says
By Corrie MacLaggan
Friday, November 17, 2006
Texas teens are significantly more likely to have sex, drink alcohol and drive drunk than their peers nationwide, according to a report being released today.
The report, Kids Count, a national and state-by-state effort to track children's well-being, does show some improvements for Texas teens: Fewer students are dropping out of school, for example.
But "when it comes to risky behaviors, Texas teens are among the nation's worst," said Frances Deviney, Texas director for Kids Count, which corrals data collected by various groups.
The Kids Count report, citing a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey, says that in 2005:
•52.5 percent of Texas high schoolers had sexual intercourse, compared with 46.8 percent nationwide.
•29.6 percent of Texas youth engaged in "episodic heavy drinking," compared with 25.5 percent nationwide.
•15.4 percent of Texas youth drove a car under the influence of alcohol, compared with 9.9 percent nationwide.
•37 percent of Texas youth rode with someone who had been drinking, compared with 28.5 percent nationwide.
A survey done four years earlier found similar results in Texas. But in the ensuing years, teens across the country became less likely to drink heavily and drive under the influence of alcohol, while Texas rates stayed about the same.
•The high school dropout rate in Travis County declined 58.6 percent from 2000 to 2005. In the class of 2005, 354 teens in the county (4.8 percent) dropped out between ninth grade and graduation. The dropout rate in Texas declined by 40 percent in the same period.
•Child poverty in Texas has increased for the fourth straight year. That means there are more Texas children living in families below the federal poverty threshold ($19,971 for a family of four in 2005).
•Texas continues to have the highest rate of uninsured children in the nation.
Source: Kids Count State of Texas Children 2006
Its nice to know we rank highest in something.
If the risky behaviors continue into adulthood, then Shipwreck should never have to worry about being laid off. Guaranteed employment.
Never argue with drunks or crazy people.