• As a parent, you are one of the biggest influences on your child’s decision to try alcohol or other drugs. There are several effective ways to discourage your kid from trying addictive substances, and you can be the biggest source of support if your child needs help recovering from addiction.

  • Many underage smokers and drinkers get their cigarettes and alcohol from family or friends. Researchers at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto surveyed more than 9,000 students in grades seven to 12 from different parts of Ontario, focusing on those who smoked or drank alcohol. Of those who smoked, 58 percent said they got their last cigarette from a friend or family member.(Source: HealthDay News, by Robert Preidt)

  • Teens of a parent who smoked -- even if the mother or father quit before the teen was born -- are more likely to smoke than those whose parents are nonsmokers, a new study finds. (Source: HealthDay, by Steven Reinberg)

  • Boys exposed to familial violence, including conflict between siblings, become increasingly aggressive toward their peers at school, and this aggression is associated with greater levels of alcohol and drug use over time, a new study by a University of Illinois researcher suggests. (Source: Medical Xpress, by Sharita Forest)