British researchers revealed that smoking and binge drinking among teenage girls have soared and reached worrying heights because parents and teachers made the health risks associated with these behaviours seem less important than those of illegal drugs and unsafe sex.
Pupils also reported feeling let down by adults who were reluctant to talk about sensitive issues like sex and relationships and they often turned to magazines or other sources like the internet for advice.

It has been found that there were still some secondary schools that allowed homophobic or sexist attitudes among pupils to go unchallenged.

School nurses have been found to offer a "valuable service". They have been providing emergency contraception such as morning-after pills as well as contraceptive devices to students.

While parents and teachers were more worried about the young people’s involvement with illegal drugs, the majority of the youngsters correctly identified that tobacco and alcohol are the greatest drug-related dangers.
Traditionalist organizations such as Family and Youth Concern teach young people that the only acceptable time to have sex is once they are married while the school education teaches about contraception and protected sex. However, giving young girls the morning-after pills did not manage to reduce 'unintended' pregnancy and abortion rates.