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Positive Parenting: Stopping alcohol use in middle school

Teachers use small groups to help kids learn new concepts in class, but could peer groups also help them stay away from alcohol? 

Alcohol use in adolescence can lead to risky sexual behavior, alcohol dependence and even early death. 

In a new study, research scientists examined more than 1,460 seventh graders from schools in Oregon to see if cooperative learning could have a positive impact on alcohol use. 

Cooperative learning is a method that uses peer tutoring and other group activities to encourage students to work together. 

Results showed cooperative learning decreased the use of alcohol among middle schoolers. Researchers recommend parents advocate for this type of practice at their school.

A simple approach that encourages kids to work together and could also help them say no to alcohol. 


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