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Starting young leads to big problems

Posted 12/12/12 (Wed)


December 09, 2012 11:05 pm  •  By BRIAN GEHRING | Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK, N.D. - By the age of 14, about 41 percent of kids in the U.S. have had at least one drink of alcohol. The average age when Americans begin to drink regularly is 15.9 years old.

Teens who start drinking before the age of 15 are five times more likely to develop drinking problems than those who start drinking at age 21.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, people who first begin using alcohol before the age of 15 are at greater risk to develop dependency problems later in life.

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