Family Dinners Can Help Teens Stay Clean


A survey shows that family who frequently have dinner together are more likely to keep their teens clean:

"There is one old-school tradition that parents shouldn’t let slide: sitting around the dinner table sharing a meal every night. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University recently released the results of their annual survey of teens, aged 12 to 17, and their parents. The study team discovered that teens that have frequent family dinners are less likely to partake in smoking, drinking or using illegal drugs. Teens who have infrequent family dinners (none to two a week) are twice as likely to smoke and drink, 1.5 times more likely to use marijuana, and twice as likely to report having easy access to drugs within an hour.

More than 1,000 teens and 456 of their parents were surveyed online and another 1,000 teens were surveyed by landline telephones. About 60 percent of teens have frequent family dinners (five to seven per week). Frequent family dinners are strongly associated with teens saying that they have good relationships with both their parents, and that their parents are good listeners"

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