You're 47% more likely to die early: Intoxicated teens are at risk of life-threatening alcohol addiction as adults
- Getting drunk at 15 or older increases your risk of a premature death by 20%
- Some 37% who get drunk before 15 suffer from alcohol abuse disorders as adults
- Only 11% of people who stay sober in their early teens have later abuse problems
- Excessive drinking in early life is linked to poor mental health and risky behavior
- Researchers believe the results may help highlight those needing extra support
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Researchers from the University of Florida analyzed the drinking habits and death records of almost 15,000 adults, who were followed for three decades.
The researchers examined data from the early 1980s that asked the participants if they had ever been drunk and how old they were when it first occurred.
At the time of the interviews, most participants were aged between 18 and 44-years-old.
Compared to study participants who said they never got drunk, those who did so at least once before they turned 15 were 47 percent more likely to die during the study period.
Getting drunk at 15 or older increased the risk of death during the study by 20 percent.
Some 61 percent of the study's participants said they had been drunk at some point, with around 13 percent of first-time cases occurring before they turned 15.
Of those who got drunk young, around 37 percent were suffering from an alcohol abuse disorder at the time of the interviews, compared to 11 percent of abuse sufferers who did not get intoxicated until they were older.
By the end of the study, 26 percent of those who got drunk young had died, compared to 23 percent of those who got drunk later and 19 percent who had never been inebriated. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4587754/Getting-drunk-young-DOUBLES-risk-early-death.html#ixzz4ljn7gVob