Four Generations Overcoming Addiction
A recent survey commissioned by Hazeldon, a substance abuse treatment center, has inspired a campaign to start family conversations about alcohol. They call the campaign "Four Generations Overcoming Addiction," and it encourages parents to talk with their children about their own alcohol use when they were teenagers.
The survey results from Ipsos Public Affairs are based on interviews done online with 603 teens between the ages of 15 and 18 and telephone interviews with 620 parents of teens. Some of the interesting results included:
- 67 percent of teens reported that their parents already talk to them about their own drug and alcohol use as teens;
- 74 percent of the teens consider their parents their first source of advice about alcohol and drug use; and
- The majority of parents who have not told their teens about their own alcohol and drug use report their decision is based on a desire that their children "will do as I say, not as I did."