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Children Modeling Parents' Behavior When It Comes to Drugs & Alcohol

August 30, 2009

Teens who witness their parents tie one on are more likely to get drunk than teens who never see their parents imbibe, according to survey results released Wednesday at a news conference in Washington, D.C.


Researchers from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) of Columbia University in New York City polled 1,000 teens aged 12 to 17 and 452 of their parents about their attitudes on alcohol and drug use.


Of children who have one or more drink a month, 2/3 will get drunk at least once a month. “For most kids, just drinking also means getting drunk regularly; and we care about that for a lot of reasons, including driving accidents, risky sexual behavior, and assaults,” says Elizabeth Planet, vice president and director of special projects at CASA.

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