Lack of Regular Family Dinners Linked To Drug Use 

Frequent family dining is associated with lower rates of teen smoking, drinking, illegal drug use and prescription drug abuse. Compared to teens who eat dinner frequently with their families (five or more family dinners per week), those who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week) are:

  • three and a half times more likely to have abused prescription drugs,
  • three and a half times likelier to have used an illegal drug other than marijuana or prescription drugs,
  • three times more likely to have used marijuana,
  • more than two and a half times likelier to have used tobacco, and
  • one and a half times likelier to have used alcohol.

*The Importance of Family Dinners IV by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 2007.

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