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Alcohol and Youth Trends--Just in Time for Drug Awareness Week

A recent survey of over 1,000 teenagers and 550 parents reaffirmed that teenagers who ate dinner five or more times a week as a family, were less likely to use drugs, smoke, or drink alcohol than peers who ate with their families twice a week or less (

These results coincide with findings from a report released this month through the Alcohol Policy Network at the Ontario Public Health Association. Alcohol and Youth Trends: Implications for Public Health, states children and youth who have open communication with their parents and receive consistent rules and enforcement are less likely to engage in delinquent behaviour, including alcohol use and misuse.

The full report, available at, examines alcohol trends in Canada and Ontario, as well as a number of other important factors such as influences, availability, advertising, socio-economic status, mental health issues and more. The paper outlines consequences experienced through drinking including intentional (violence, suicide) and unintentional (motor vehicle crashes, physical illness, depression) harms, and concludes with sound recommendations for public health practice.

This report is available just in time for Drug Awareness Week (DAW)--November 19 to 25--a week dedicated to the awareness of substance use issues in schools across the province.  

This years' bilingual TALK campaign draws links between alcohol and other drugs, injury prevention and chronic disease. For further information on Drug Awareness Week, contact Bev Woods, program director, at [email protected] or visit for campaign resources.