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Early Age Of First Drink Likely Symptom, Not Cause, Of Alcoholism

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August 16, 2001
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University Of Minnesota
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Although adolescents who take their first drink before age 15 tend to run a high risk of developing alcoholism, research at the University of Minnesota suggests that early drinking is likely not the cause, but rather a symptom of an underlying predisposition to alcoholism and other behavioral problems.

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL -- Although adolescents who take their first drink before age 15 tend to run a high risk of developing alcoholism, research at the University of Minnesota suggests that early drinking is likely not the cause, but rather a symptom of an underlying predisposition to alcoholism and other behavioral problems. Further, an early age of first drink (AFD) runs in families, and early AFD appears to be heritable in males. The work will be published in two papers in the August issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.


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