The Family Table

Educating Families About the Benefits of Family Meals

Tip of the Week: Family Meal Impact Statistics

Children who eat regular meals with their family are less likely to abuse alcohol or other drugs. This is just one finding about the power of family dinners from a study published by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) in September.

Research has consistently shown that teenagers who eat dinner more often with their families are less likely to drink, smoke cigarettes, or use other drugs. Youth who don’t eat regular meals with their families are:

  • Three times more likely to try marijuana.
  • Two-and-a-half times more likely to smoke cigarettes.
  • One-and-a-half times more likely to drink alcohol.

Make at least 3 family meals a non-negotiable with children – and make it an enjoyable time! For 10 ideas for a happy family table click here.


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