A large U.K. study found when there is an absent parent by age 7, the kids’ risks of smoking and alcohol consumption prior to their teenage years increased by 2.86 and 1.46, respectively. Earlier initiation of these risky behaviors may impact the risk of lung cancer and cardiovascular disease later in life, as well as dependence issues.
LifeTip: Children who experience parental absence need support and care from significant others to prevent smoking and alcohol initiation. Attend “Overcome Addictions Naturally” with Dr. David DeRose for more recommendations.
Adapted from PositiveChoices.com