A new study released Wednesday morning from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University says teens who have seen a parent drunk are more likely to get drunk, use marijuana, and smoke cigarettes.
The study also says more than a third of America’s teenagers have seen one or both of their parents drunk, and that makes children twice as likely to get drunk themselves.
The survey of teens ages 12 to 17 also asked about drug availability.
Teens answered that about a third of them can get high within a day, one in five said within the hour, saying they can get drugs, especially prescription drugs, from home, parents family and friends.
Brandy Hinkle with the Mesa County Health Department says parents need to start talking to their kids early about drugs and alcohol, “and then that makes it really easy to have ongoing conversations, as opposed to that one really awkward conversation when they're 15”.
As well, the study shows alcohol is showing to play a big role in the potential for drug use.
For teens who've never tried alcohol versus teens who get drunk monthly, the drinkers are eighteen times likelier to have tried marijuana, three times likelier to have friends who use marijuana, and two times likelier to know someone their age using other drugs, like meth, ecstasy, cocaine, heroine, or LSD.
The study also found for the second year in a row, more teens said prescription drugs were easier to buy than beer.