Age at first alcohol use: a risk factor for the development of alcohol disorders.

  title={Age at first alcohol use: a risk factor for the development of alcohol disorders.},
  author={David J Dewit and Edward M. Adlaf and David Dan R Offord and Alan C. Ogborne},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  volume={157 5},
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to describe the natural course of DSM-III-R alcohol disorders as a function of age at first alcohol use and to investigate the influence of early use as a risk factor for progression to the development of alcohol disorders, exclusive of the effect of confounding influences. METHOD Data were obtained from a community sample (N=5,856) of lifetime drinkers participating in the 1990-1991 Mental Health Supplement of the Ontario Health Survey. RESULTS Survival analyses… CONTINUE READING
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