“The subject of alcohol has never been taboo in my household. My parents have never made it a big deal. They've always expected me to make the right decisions, instead of trying to prevent me from making the wrong ones.  I think that's why I've never seen drinking as something exciting or desirable. I don't see it as a closed door, something mysterious or novel or something I'm dying to try.”

~ Scott, Junior

 

According to SADD’s Teens Today research, young people who spend time with their parents, talk with them, and feel close to them are overwhelmingly less likely to drink (62 percent versus 43 percent) or to use other drugs (87 percent versus 77 percent) than are those who don’t.