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Family dinners decrease drug use in teens

September 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Family dinners not only strengthen the bond between family members, they also help prevent a lot of destructive behavior, according to a new report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.The report says family dinners are an important factor in helping teenagers avoid tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs.

The report shows teens who don't eat dinner with their families five to seven times a week are twice as likely to have smoked. They are also nearly twice as likely to have drank and one-and-a-half times as likely to have used marijuana.

The report also says teens who have regular dinners with their family are three times as likely to say they have an "excellent" relationship with their parents.