Parenting Perspective: Having dinner together

April 2, 2010 8:44:15 AM PDT
According to study by the National Center for Alcohol and Substance Abuse, "One of the most effective ways parents can keep their kids from using substances is by sitting down to dinner with them. Compared to teens who have frequent family dinners (five to seven per week), those who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week) are twice as likely to use tobacco or marijuana; and more than one and a half times likelier to use alcohol."