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Female troubled teen facts

Girls today are growing up faster then ever. These stats provide a glimpse into the world our teenage daughters are growing up in.


  • Approximately one-third of teen girls have tried alcopops.1
  • Girls are drinking more than boys in all categories: beer, wine, alcopops, and hard-liquor drinks.1
  • One out of four teen girls who have tried alcohol have driven after drinking or ridden in a car with a driver who had been drinking.1
  • One in six teen girls who have tried alcohol have been sexually active after drinking.1
  • The percentage of girls who drink is on the rise faster than boys, and the average age of their first drink is now 13.2

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Drug Use

  • Among teens with more than $50.00 a week in spending money, girls are more likely than boys to smoke, drink, get drunk and use marijuana.3
  • More than one quarter (27.7%) of high school girls currently smoke cigarettes, 45% drink alcohol, more than a quarter (26.4%) binge drink and 20% use marijuana.3
  • Girls using alcohol and drugs are more likely to attempt suicide.3
  • Girls are more likely than boys to abuse prescription painkillers, stimulants and tranquilizers.


Body Image

  • In girls, the mortality rate for anorexia is higher than any other psychological disorder. In fact, it's the number one cause of death among young women. Five to 10% of girls with anorexia die within ten years of onset, 18-20% die within twenty years of onset, and only 50% report ever being cured.4
  • 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat.4
  • Among high school girls, 34.9% think that they were overweight and 62.3% report they are currently trying to lose weight.4

Dating & Sexuality

  • Approximately one in five female high school students reports being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.5
  • The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate among developed countries. About 1 million teens become pregnant each year; 80 percent of those pregnancies are unintended, and almost 50 percent end in abortions.6
  • In 2001, 24.5 percent of sexually active ninth-grade girls had used alcohol or drugs during their last sexual intercourse.7
  • Every year 3 million teens – about 1 in 4 sexually active teens – get a sexually transmitted disease (STD).8


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