Salt & Light: A Guide to Loving Northwest Indiana

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The Importance of Family Meals 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 } Nearly twice as likely to use alcohol } One and a half times likelier to use marijuana } More likely to have friends who abuse prescription drugs or illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin } Nearly twice as likely to report receiving grades of mostly C’s or lower 75% of teens say they talk to their parents about what is going on in their lives at dinner [The Importance of Family Dinner VI (New York: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA), September 2010), http://www.casacolumbia.org/upload/2010/20100922familydinners6.pdf.]

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