Academic stream and tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis use among Ontario high school students

Int J Addict. 1992 May;27(5):561-70. doi: 10.3109/10826089209063468.


This paper examines the relationship between academic stream and cigarette, alcohol, and cannabis use among 2,543 high school students as part of the Ontario Student Drug Survey (1987). Students in basic and general academic streams were found to have significantly higher levels of cigarette, alcohol, and cannabis use compared to advanced level students. The effects of academic stream remain significant (except for alcohol use) when gender, grade average, drug education lessons, and pressure to use these substances are included in multiple regression analysis. The findings indicate that the process of academic streaming needs to be further examined as a possible precipitating factor in drug use.

MeSH terms

  • Achievement
  • Adolescent
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology
  • Attitude to Health
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Educational Status*
  • Environment
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marijuana Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Probability
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Social Conditions
  • Students*