Most parents believe it's up to them to teach their children about alcohol. More than 70-percent of the moms and dads answering The Century Council's poll think they should be responsible for educating their kids on the subject. In addition, 89-percent feel they have the biggest influence on their kids when it comes to drinking. And they're right. Nearly 85-percent of the ten-to-18-year-olds taking part in the poll say their parents are "the leading influence" on their decisions about drinking. But moms and dads also know they aren't the only ones their children turn to for advice. Nearly 60-percent recognize friends and peers as having an influence, 42-percent say siblings play a role, and 40-percent believe teachers can make a difference.
Parents are also stepping up to the task. Just ten-percent of the kids say they haven't discussed alcohol use and abuse with their parents. Two-thirds of the children say their talk addresses the physical affects of alcohol on the brain and body, while 64-percent are instructed on the hazards of drinking and driving. Nearly 60-percent say their parents stress that underage drinking is illegal.
Dean Allen was born and raised in Spokane, Washington and graduated from high school in 1969. He spent 4 years in the Air Force and went into broadcasting after discharge in 1975. Dean stayed in Spokane where he and his wife raised their two children. Dean has been in the Spokane radio market since 1982. When Dean’s not on-air you will most likely find him on the golf course, watching sports or spending time with his two grandchildren!
Teresa has been on the air in Spokane for more than two decades as a co-host & news anchor on two successful morning radio shows and a familiar face to Inland Northwest TV viewers as a morning news reporter and anchor. Her work behind the scenes includes producing and hosting numerous special programs like 4-Your Health, ExplorerTV, and Bloomsday coverage.