Alcohol and The Talk

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Story Updated: Mar 29, 2013

Researchers at Penn State tracked nearly 2-thousand teenagers over a three-year period.

Their parents were asked to read a handbook on college drinking and then talk to their kids about the content. They were instructed to use a conversational communication style and to provide accurate information about student alcohol consumption.

Some were asked to start the conversation the summer before college, some after the first semester and others at both times.

Each teen was also surveyed about drinking habits on three separate occasions ...before college, and in years one and two on campus.

The results Teen-age college students were significantly more likely to abstain from drinking or to drink only minimally when their parents talked to them before they started college..

Having the conversation after school was underway showed little benefit.

And that's today's health news from HealthDay TV, your source for healthier living

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