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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.
AND see also: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/acer.13503
(Score: 1) by Brunzen on Sunday November 05 2017, @02:00PM (1 child)
In my experience those who started drinking and smoking young came from broken homes. I was in school with two guys who started smoking (and to a lesser degree drinking) at the age of 9-10. Both were influenced by older friends, who thought it was funny to get young kids to smoke. I have no idea where they got the money for cigarettes from, maybe they stole it from their parents, who smoked as well. Both of them never really grew big.
(Score: 3, Funny) by c0lo on Sunday November 05 2017, @03:01PM
"Start to smoke early in life will keep you safe from obesity, a study of two patients suggests".