Atlanta, Ga. (PRWEB) August 31, 2009
A recent "back to school" survey finds that two thirds of teens who drink once a month get drunk when they do drink and are 18 times more likely to use marijuana and to associate with teens who abuse other illegal drugs.
The main factor in whether or not children drink is whether or not they have witnessed their parent getting drunk. The study was published as part of an ongoing project at the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA).
The study was conducted with 1,000 teens, age 12 to 17, and 472 parents of these teens. This is the 14th such study undertaken by CASA in order to bring growing awareness to parents and educators about the dangers of drug abuse and the effects that parents can have on their children's decision to drink and take drugs.
The study also showed that parents who are careful not to drink in front of their children and are proactive in talking to their children can a have a large effect on what their children think about drugs and alcohol. What parents tell their children does matter.
Parents who are not clear about the dangers of alcohol and drug use or worse encourage their children to drink are doing their children harm. These children are far more likely to have alcohol problems later in life and are much more likely to do drugs.
Compared to teens who have never tried alcohol teens who abuse alcohol are:
- 18 times likelier to have tried marijuana;
- 4 times likelier to be able to get marijuana in an hour;
- Almost 4 times likelier to know someone their age who abuses prescription drugs;
- More that 3 times likelier to have friends who use marijuana; and
- More than twice as likely to know someone their age who uses meth or ecstasy, or other drugs such as cocaine, heroin or LSD.
Narconon of Georgia supports the efforts of CASA in raising awareness about the harmful effects of teens and their drinking and wishes to offer support and information to any parent looking for facts about drug addiction and drinking. Free brochures are available on the SIGNS OF ADDICTION. Suspecting parents can know for sure if their children are abusing drugs or alcohol. Once the truth is established, something can be done about it.
Contact Narconon of Georgia, 1-877-413-3073 for more information on drug addiction.