A new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown that homosexual and bisexual high school students are more likely to indulge in cigarettes and alcohol compared to heterosexual students.
The study surveyed more than 156,000 high school students across the country between 2001 and 2009. The researchers found that over 15 percent of homosexuals admitted to driving a car when drinking alcohol compared to just 7.8 percent of heterosexual students.
On the question of carrying a gun, just over 4 percent of heterosexual students said that they carried it at least once in the last month compared to more than 12 percent of homosexual students. The difference was also seen among those who smoked with 27.8 percent of homosexual students saying that they smoked 10 cigarettes a day compared to 9.1 percent of heterosexuals.
"This report should be a wake-up call for families, schools and communities that we need to do a much better job of supporting these young people. We are very concerned that these students face such dramatic disparities for so many different health risks", CDC's Howell Wechsler said.