Genes And The Environment Contribute Differently To Drinking Among Young Adolescents

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 19:21 in Health & Medicine

A 2001/2002 report by the World Health Organization found that, among young people in western countries who began drinking before 16 years of age, the average age of initiation was 12 years of age. A new twins study from the Netherlands has found that genetic factors appear to be involved in the early initiation of alcohol use, while common environmental factors become involved once alcohol use has begun.

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