What’s the big deal, why you should have Family Meals?


The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University researched the benefits of family dinners and found clear results. Specifically, researchers compared the responses of children who reported having family dinners fewer than three times a week with those who have family dinners five times or more per week. The study concluded that children who enjoy frequent dinners with their family are far less likely to develop substance abuse problems. If a child has family dinner time on a regular basis, he or she is:

Half as likely to try cigarettes or marijuana
One-third less likely to try alcohol
Less likely to have friends who drink alcohol or use marijuana
More likely to say they won’t ever try drugs

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