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Addiction

16 February 2011

Boozing is more than just a 'phase' for teenagers

New research explored whether drinking in adolescence may be linked to alcohol dependence in adulthood.

New research explored whether drinking in adolescence may be linked to alcohol dependence in adulthood, as young people may be especially susceptible to the effects of heavy drinking because their brains are still developing.

"It might seem silly to even question the existence of a direct pathway from problem drinking to alcohol dependence, in that alcohol dependence is clearly the culmination of an escalating pattern of heavy and problem drinking," noted Matt McGue, a professor in the department of psychology at the University of Minnesota.

"The issue here, though, is whether drinking in adolescence carries particular weight in the development of alcohol dependence in adulthood. That is, adolescents, because of social factors or because their brains are still developing, may be especially susceptible to the effects of heavy drinking."

 

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