Alcohol when young means more alcohol consumed when older

Regular teenage alcohol consumers are more likely to binge drink later on.

“Parents should be aware that if their teenager is binge drinking, they are more likely to sustain binging later in life. This challenges the belief that being exposed to alcohol early on means they will be protected from alcohol-related problems when they grow up. But just as a parent would never give their child a cigarette to try, the same view should perhaps apply to alcohol. Delaying that first taste of alcohol might be the best thing you can do. Most people don’t even know when they’re binge drinking. While they do know when they are wasted, the reality is that four consecutive drinks per sitting for a woman and five for a man constitutes binge drinking. And that means society is more tolerant of binge drinking than we think”
Erin O’Loughlin, Concordia’s Independent Program (INDI) and Department of Exercise Science, December 2014.

What do we know?

  1. Teenagers who regularly consume alcohol are more likely to binge drink
  2. Young men are more likely to sustain the drinking habits they formed while young
  3. Of the 85% of respondents who continue their heavy-drinking habits into early adulthood, some may face long-term consequences

Study by Concordia, in collaboration with the Université de Montréal and University of Massachusetts, from the Nicotine Dependence in Teens (NDIT) study data, as published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 2014.


Posted: Monday 20 April 2015