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More Parents Think Their Teens Use Alcohol

| May 5, 2014

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A government survey finds growing awareness of teen alcohol use in Maine.

The Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services found a 12 percent increase from 2009 to 2013 in the number of parents who believe their teen had a drink in the past 30 days.

The agency said greater awareness can help parents take preventative action. The survey finds teens who think they’ll get caught drinking are five times more likely to abstain.

The survey finds 78 percent of parents say they would know if their teen had used alcohol. Forty-seven percent of teens agree with that assessment.

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