Young drinkers at higher risk of alcoholism

Parents who introduce their children to alcohol at an early age in the hope of encouraging responsible drinking may be doing more harm than good, US research suggests.

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that drinking before the age of 15 increased a child’s risk of becoming a heavy drinker.

For the study, the researchers analysed data on the teenage drinking habits of more than 22,000 adults with alcohol-related problems.

People who started drinking before the age of 15 were more likely to become dependent on alcohol in adulthood than people who waited until 18 or older to start drinking.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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