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California arents can reduce teen drinking

Research suggests that parents may be able to reduce the odds of their teen drinking just by having clear rules against it. This was one of the findings of a survey involving 1,100 people between the ages of 15 and 20 who lived in 24 cities in seven states. Specifically, teens with parents who had clear rules against underage drinking were 35 percent less likely to have attended a party with alcohol in the previous 30 days.

Furthermore, those who had rules forbidding underage drinking and had attended a party in the last 30 days were 38 percent less likely to drink. While teens may be less likely to drink when their parents tell them not to, it is unclear which specific rules work best. For instance, researchers are unsure if teens should be given curfews or whether they should not be allowed to attend parties where alcohol may be present.

Researchers are also not sure if other factors such as birth order or a parent's history with alcohol may play a role in whether or not teens will consume alcohol. However, discouraging minors from drinking may prevent them from driving while drunk, getting into fights or damaging property. It may also prevent them from binge drinking and the related issues that it can cause.

After being charged with a DUI, it may be a good idea to contact a criminal defense lawyer. Legal counsel may create a defense to the charge such as the fact that a car may have been swerving prior to a traffic stop because of a mechanical defect or because there was something in the road the driver wished to avoid. If successful, a driver may avoid some or all penalties related to the charge such as jail time or a fine.

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