Age of first drinking and adult alcohol problems
Does drinking earlier mean drinking problems in adulthood are more likely?
Alcohol policies around the world seek to delay the initiation of drinking. This is partly because it is thought that the earlier drinking (of any sort) begins the more likely adult alcohol problems will develop. Recent research suggests the evidence about this may be shaky. Check out the study here
Other research, highlighted in an earlier YoDAA news item suggested factors such as the age of first intoxication may be a better indicator of future harm.