Teenagers with parents open to talking about their drug and alcohol experiences are less likely to use drugs themselves, an American study has found.

The survey found 63% of the teens aged 15-18 believed they would be more responsible with drugs and alcohol after hearing their parent’s stories. Over half of the teens said they would be less likely to use drugs.

Two thirds of the teens surveyed reported that their parents had told them about past drug and alcohol experiences, and of those teens 95% welcomed the information. Over two-thirds of teens whose parents were not open on the topic reported that they wanted them to be.

The study of 603 teens also found that over 90% of teens consider their parents to be role models when it comes to drugs and alcohol.

The results of the study can be found at www.ipsos-na.com.

Writer Tristan Boyd, Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.