Personal Liberty Digest™ will be upgraded this weekend to reflect a dynamic new look and mobile-friendly viewing to enhance your experience! Plus, we'll be providing even more of the compelling content you've come to expect, delivered in a whole new way!

  Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Parents Clueless Of Children’s Drug Use

September 13, 2011 by  

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 12 (UPI) — American parents tend to think it is someone else’s teenage children who are drinking alcohol and using marijuana, not their own, researchers say.

Fewer than 5 percent of U.S. parents say their children ages 13-17 used marijuana in the last year, while 10 percent say their children drink, researchers say.

But Dr. Bernard Biermann, medical director of the Child/Adolescent Inpatient Unit at the University of Michigan, says these levels are substantially below what teens themselves reported in the latest Monitoring the Future study. About 52 percent of 10th-graders reported drinking alcohol in the last year and 28 percent of 10th-graders reported using marijuana in the last year, Biermann says.

“There’s a clear mismatch between what parents are reporting in terms of their children’s possible use of substances and what teenagers report themselves,” Biermann says in a statement.

Biermann and colleagues say the parents also say it is very likely that at least 40 percent of 10th-graders used marijuana in the last year and that 60 percent of 10th-graders drank alcohol in the last year.

“In other words, parents are more likely to expect marijuana and alcohol use by teenagers other than their own,” Biermann says. “If parents acknowledge the possibility — and in fact, the likelihood — that their child may have experimented with or used alcohol or marijuana, they can begin to talk to them more about it, provide some guidance, and allow their kids to ask questions.”

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Parents Clueless Of Children’s Drug Use”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.