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By On December 8th, 2006

Youthful Drinking Jumpstarts Later Alcohol Abuse

A recent study preformed by the United States Marine Corps found an unhealthy trend among recruits that began drinking as children or young teenagers. The recruits studied were all between the ages of 18-20 and were found to be much more likely to become “risky drinkers” if they had begun drinking as children or young teenagers. The following is an excerpt of the article:

A study here identified 6,128 (14.8%) of 41,482 male recruits as risky drinkers, and those who had begun drinking at age 13 or younger were 5.5 times more likely to hit the bottle hard.

So reported Margaret Ryan, M.D., M.PH, of the Naval Health Research Center, and colleagues, in the December issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Compared with 35,354 (45.1%) non-risky underage drinkers or 16,661 (40.2%) non-drinkers, risky drinkers were more likely to be smokers, to come from a rural or small hometown, to have endured childhood sexual or emotional abuse, or to have experienced household alcohol abuse or mental illness, the investigators found.

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