(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- People who started drinking before they turned 14 are significantly more likely to develop a drinking problem in adulthood, report researchers who surveyed more than 43,000 people ageS 18 and older.Overall, the percentage of people suffering from alcohol problems increased with decreasing age at the first drink. The results were most striking for people who began drinking before their 14th birthdays, with 47 percent eventually developing dependence. That's compared to just 9 percent of those who didn't drink until they turned 21. People who started drinking before turning 14 were also more likely to develop an alcohol problem within 10 years of their first drink -- 27 percent vs. 4 percent of those who waited until they were 21 to start using alcohol.The authors note more than 75,000 deaths are attributed to alcohol abuse in the United States every year, making it the third-leading cause of preventable death. Previous studies revealed about 28 percent of high school students reported drinking regularly before age 13.The investigators believe their findings point to the importance of implementing policies and programs aimed at delaying alcohol consumption among adolescents. "Whether interventions can delay the onset of alcohol use among adolescents and, in turn, reduce the development of alcohol dependence during adolescence and the adult years and its wide range of adverse consequences is a research question of vast medical, social, and public health importance," they write.
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