Family meals appear to be protective for girls

family dinner by Daniel Bachhuber

Promoting family meals is a popular prevention strategy. A recently published study looks at its impact:

Family meals were associated with reductions in alcohol and tobacco consumption in girls but not boys. Alcohol consumption was also associated with reductions in the frequency of meals among girls, but not boys. Results supported the assertion that family meals protect some girls from substance abuse but suggest meals may have little impact on existing users.