Confirmed: Internet use is linked to ... teen drinking?

The finding suggests certain online activities may influence teen drinking. For instance, it’s possible references to alcohol on social networking sites or online advertisements may encourage teenagers to drink, the researchers say.

However, the study found only an association, and not a direct cause-effect link. This means it’s impossible to tell which happened first: the computer use or the drinking. It could also be that teens who drink are prone to using the computer for longer periods of time.