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Alcoholism & Addiction

Should Parents Let Teens Drink?

When Martha’s children were in their early teens, Martha had a zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol. When she saw beer at a party her then-14-year-old daughter was attending, she broke it up and told all the kids to call their parents. When her son was about the same age, she grounded him for a month after learning he had a drinking episode. But when her children reached their late teens, she loosened the...

Australian Parents Believe Underage Drinking OK With Supervision

Parents can have a significant influence on their children, especially when alcohol is involved. More than half of adults in Australia and 63 percent of those with a higher income level, believe that 15- to 17-year-olds should be allowed to consume alcohol as long as they are under parental supervision at home. The latest MBF Healthwatch survey, summarized in a Science Daily release, surprised Bupa Australia Chief...

Study Measures Parents Awareness of Teen Substance Use

Parents can play a significant role in a youth’s likeliness of tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use. The first step in being a positive influence is to be aware of what their youth is doing on a daily basis, who they are hanging out with and where they are spending most of their time. A report from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), Parent Awareness of Youth Use of Cigarettes, Alcohol and...

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