Alcohol at a younger age leads to heavier drinking later on
The younger you start drinking or get a taste for it, the more likely you are to have drinking problems when older.
Study published in The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 2012. The researchers looked at the behaviors of young people who drink with data from 6,009 young people ages 14-25, from 2007-2009 in three Spanish cities.
Begoña Espejo Tort, lead researcher of the study at the University of Valencia, said “We have observed that university students progressed to drink more alcohol. When they were adolescents they drank less alcohol and then more when reaching university. Nonetheless, today’s adolescents drink the same amount as university students. Nearly all adolescents who consumed alcohol started at around 13 or 14 years of age by drinking distilled alcohol (drinks with high alcohol content) in large quantities. On the other hand, university students started between 14 and 15 with fermented drinks like beer in relatively low quantities”.
They found that the students feel that “drinking alcohol will have no negative consequences” only taking into account the consequences like drunk driving, vomiting, dizziness and hangovers.
As reported by Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com on October 19, 2012.