Joining in is good for teenagers. Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire found that almost one in three English teenagers belonged to some kind of club such as sports teams, church groups, youth clubs and political organisations. Those that did were a fifth less likely to smoke and to ever have been drunk than other teenagers and were also a fifth more likely to eat fruit and vegetables regularly. Those teenagers who rated their lives as highly satisfactory were 51% more likely to belong to a sports club than those who were less happy. However, teenagers were two thirds more likely to smoke if they were members of a political organisation or youth club than if they were not members of any club at all.
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