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Addiction

17 March 2011

Early alcohol use tied to heavy drinking

Young adults are more likely to be heavy drinkers if they took their first drink of alcohol at an early age and also had to cope with stressful life events, a new study suggests.

Young adults are more likely to be heavy drinkers if they took their first drink of alcohol at an early age and also had to cope with stressful life events, a new study suggests.

"The earliest [age at first drink] in our sample was eight years; about half of the study participants had initiated alcohol drinking before they were 14 years old," Blomeyer said.

"The earlier they start with alcohol use, the stronger the association between life stress and drinking in youth adults. We found this interaction effect only for the variable 'total amount of alcohol,' not for the number of drinking days. This fits to the pattern of stress-related drinking, which is characterised by a higher number of drinks, and not so much by frequent drinking."

 

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