Study suggests teens are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol if their parents do - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/26/09

Study suggests teens are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol if their parents do

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - After quizzing 1,000 teens and about 500 parents during an annual survey by the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, they found that more than a 1/3 of America's teenagers have seen one or both of their parents drunk and that makes children twice as likely to get drunk themselves.

On Wednesday, this was a strong message sent out from Washington.  "No one has greater power to influence a teen's decision whether to smoke, drink or use drugs than that teen's mother and father."

"We know that a child who gets to age 21 without smoking, using illegal drugs or abusing alcohol is virtually certain never to do so for the rest of their life," said Joseph Califano, with Columbia University.  The survey concludes that parental involvement can put the brakes on abuse, with a strong reminder that parents teach by example.

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