Study: Family Dinners May Keep Teens from Smoking, Drinking 29284

A new study from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University finds that teenagers who eat fewer than three dinners with their family each week are four times more likely to smoke cigarettes, and more than twice as likely to use alcohol or marijuana compared with teens who have five to seven family dinners each week. Teens who have fewer family dinners are also nearly four times as likely to say they expect to try drugs in the future, The Boston Globe reports.