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Drinking wine at 14 can mean binge drinking at 16

John von Radowitz

Published 03/07/2014 | 02:30

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Early alcohol experience is one of a wide range of factors that can be used to identify future binge drinkers, new research has shown.
Early alcohol experience is one of a wide range of factors that can be used to identify future binge drinkers, new research has shown.

A SINGLE glass of wine or beer at the age of 14 can help a young teenager along the path to binge drinking, say scientists.

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Early alcohol experience is one of a wide range of factors that can be used to identify future binge drinkers, new research has shown.

Others include personality traits such as risk and sensation seeking, family history, genetics and brain structure.

Combined, scientists were able to predict who from a large group of 14-year-olds would be binge drinking by the age of 16, with 70pc accuracy. Having a single alcoholic drink at the age of 14 was shown to be a "powerful" predictor of binge drinking.

Dr Hugh Garavan, from the University of Vermont, said the period between the ages of 14 and 16 was "critical" to a young person's future drinking behaviour.

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