Research: Texting can help teens with alcohol issues

December 20, 2011 8:44:17 PM PST
Texting can be more than just a past time. For some teenagers, it can be a lifeline.

New research shows texting can be helpful for young people who are trying to stop drinking.

During the study, a group of teens deemed to be at high risk for heavy drinking completed a 12-week program that included answering questions about alcohol intake. Some of them texted goals to reduce their alcohol intake.

After there months, the goal-setters had 3.4 fewer heavy drinking days per month.

The research is posted online by the journal "Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research."