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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday November 05 2017, @08:26AM   Printer-friendly
from the no-more-beer-in-the-baby's-bottle dept.

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Although drinking by U.S. adolescents has decreased during the last decade, more than 20 percent of U.S. high-school students continue to drink alcohol before the age of 14 years. This can have adverse effects on their neurodevelopment. For example, youth who initiate drinking before 14 years of age are four times more likely to develop psychosocial, psychiatric, and substance-use difficulties than those who begin drinking after turning 20 years of age. Little is known about how the age of alcohol-use onset influences brain development. This is the first study to assess the association between age of adolescent drinking onset and neurocognitive performance, taking into account pre-existing cognitive function.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 05 2017, @01:04PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 05 2017, @01:04PM (#592494)

    You miss the point that it's common for the average young drinker (or drinker) in the USA to be binge drinking. [] []

    So the damage observed in the study might actually be due to "early age of binge drinking" (or just binge drinking in general) and not actually due to "early age of drinking" as per the title.

    Maybe the researchers are hoping for more $$$$$ for a follow up study to "discover" that. That's how modern science works...

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Ethanol-fueled on Sunday November 05 2017, @03:57PM (1 child)

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Sunday November 05 2017, @03:57PM (#592543) Homepage

    Young people drink to get drunk. They're not the type of people who have only a beer or glass of wine with dinner. Booze can be difficult to get at that age, so when you do get it, you're gonna want as much of that effect as possible -- even if you end up waking up in your own puke and the roof of your mouth feeling like sandpaper.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 05 2017, @04:27PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 05 2017, @04:27PM (#592555)

      That reminds me of the liquor store that didn't card, I used to buy Boone's Farm Pickle Tink by the case for Fiesta Island.