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Age of First Alcohol Use Leads to More Problems Later

Drinking and getting drunk at an early age associated with big problems when college seniors.

A longitudinal study of incoming college freshmen revealed a startling association between younger drinking age and heavy drinking. The earlier in life the students started drinking, the more problems they had in school and work, blackouts, vomiting and other problems by their senior year (P<0.001). The younger the onset of drinking the higher the risk of alcohol-related problems later, including binge drinking.

PositiveTip: Avoid alcohol at any age to prevent the negative impact of drinking.