Teens Say Family Dinners Are Important

09.22.10 | FL News Team

A new study shows that teens overwhelmingly think having frequent family dinners is important.  And teens who don't have dinner with the family at least three times per week told researchers they were more likely to try drugs.  The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found that kids who have less than three family dinners weekly were twice as likely to have used tobacco and alcohol, and one-point-five times more likely to have used marijuana.

The study clearly showed that parents who engage their children regularly are much more likely to have kids who don't use illegal substances.  Kathleen Ferrigno, CASA's Director of Marketing, said, "the magic that happens over family dinners isn't the food on the table, but the communication and conversations around it."