When his 15-year-old son announced after dinner one night that he wished to start drinking, J. David Hawkins peppered him with reasons underage drinking is dangerous — and when that didn’t work, he made him a deal:
If his soon-to-be-driving son promised to refrain from alcohol for the next year, he wouldn’t have to pay the additional $1,000 insurance premium the family would be charged for a new driver. The teenager agreed.
"It’s a $1,000 bribe, but for me that’s 365 days of not worrying about my son drinking," said Hawkins, founding director of the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington.
- 14.7 percent of kids ages 12 to 17 drank alcohol in the last month; 8.8 percent reported binge drinking.
- 11.6 percent of kids ages 12 to 17 used tobacco.
- 10 percent of kids ages 12 to 17 used illicit drugs in the last month, up from 9.3 percent in 2008. Most used marijuana (7.3 percent), followed by prescription drugs (3.1 percent), inhalants (1 percent), hallucinogens (0.9 percent) and cocaine (0.3 percent)