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Br J Addict. 1992 Aug;87(8):1199-204.

Early onset of drinking as a risk factor for lifetime alcohol-related problems.

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Division of Biometry and Epidemiology, Rockville, MD 20857.


Heavy drinking among students has been a major public health concern over the past decade. A nationally representative 1988 survey on drinking practices and related problems examined the effect of age of of onset of drinking on lifetime alcohol-related problems. Prevalence estimates were obtained for major demographic subgroups of the population. Results and implications are discussed in the context of minimum legal drinking age.

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