Eating dinner with family reduces teens' risky behavior

September 22, 2011 8:30:18 PM PDT
A new study finds children who grow up eating dinner with their family have lower rates of risky behavior as teenagers.

Columbia University research finds typical families eat together only one or two nights a week, a lot lower than a generation ago.

Researchers found teens who don't sit down to frequent family dinners are four times more likely to use tobacco, twice as likely to drink alcohol, and two-and-a-half times as likely to smoke marijuana.