Drugs and Alcohol: Not My Kid

By Lisa Belkin

Not my children.

Teen Drugs and AlcoholA newly released poll from the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital finds that parents look at their children with blinders on, while looking at other children accusingly.

Only 10 percent of parents nationwide believe their teenagers have used alcohol in the last year, and half that percentage believe their teenagers have used marijuana. Yet when the National Institutes of Health polled teenagers recently, more than half (52 percent) admitted to drinking, and nearly a third (28 percent) said they have smoked pot.

Those same parents overestimate what other teenagers are doing, guessing that 60 percent are probably using alcohol and 40 percent are using marijuana.

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