Not early drinking but early drunkenness is a risk factor for problem behaviors among adolescents from 38 European and North American countries.

@article{Kuntsche2013NotED,
  title={Not early drinking but early drunkenness is a risk factor for problem behaviors among adolescents from 38 European and North American countries.},
  author={Emmanuel Kuntsche and Ingeborg Rossow and Bruce G. Simons-Morton and Tom F. M. ter Bogt and Anna E Kokkevi and Emmanuelle Godeau},
  journal={Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research},
  year={2013},
  volume={37 2},
  pages={308-14}
}
BACKGROUND Many studies have reported that the earlier the age at first drink (AFDrink) the higher the later drinking levels and related problems. However, unless adolescents proceed into drunkenness, it is unclear why consuming small quantities at early age should lead to later problems. This study investigates the link between AFDrink and problem behaviors (smoking, cannabis use, injuries, fights, and low academic performance) among 15-year-olds who did and did not proceed into drunkenness… CONTINUE READING

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