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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Adolescents Living with a Parent Who Drives Under the Influence Are at Increased Risk for Driving Under the Influence Themselves

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual average1 of 932,000 16 to 17 year olds (11.5 percent) drove under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs in the 12 months prior to the interview. Youths in this age group were more likely to drive under the influence if they lived with a mother or father who also had driven under the influence in the past year.
These data suggest the importance of parents as role models in promoting children’s healthy behavior.

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