Teenagers are usually keener to try new things and make new experiences as they start gaining their first tastes of freedom. However, this sometimes includes being involved in unwise decisions, such as taking drugs or binge drinking. In the United States, binge drinking, which means having multiple alcoholic drinks in a row within a short time, seems to be more widespread among the White population than among Hispanic or Black teenagers. Similarly, most of the students who have tried cocaine or hallucinogenic drugs were either White or male Hispanics. While cocaine and hallucinogenic drugs have been tried by some four to six percent of young students, marijuana is much more popular, with over 20 percent of students between grades nine and twelve stating they have tried it at least once.
Problems faced by young people during their teenage years are often underestimated or taken with insufficient seriousness. One significant issue which many adolescents deal with is bullying. The experience of being bullied can have large psychological consequences on the person, even years later in their adult life. The schools are some of the most common places where this happens, and adults often lack the capacity and means to face this problem. According to a recent survey conducted among American teenagers, males are more often victims of bullying than females. In addition, homosexual adolescents are more likely to experience this than their peers.