The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week reported that risky behavior among teenagers continues to decline, with fewer adolescents drinking, smoking or having sex in 2007 than their peers did in 1991. Yupi!
But don’t rush -yet- to hug your Latino teener and reward him with an extra helping of rice & beans. In fact, our adolescents are not part of the joyful statistic.
“Hispanics are at greater risk than blacks and whites for certain unsafe behaviors,” said the CDC. And it adds: Not only they are consuming more alcohol and drugs, but they are more likely to have intercourse “with four or more partners than blacks and whites.”
Like my abuela used to say: ¡Niños, pórtense bien!