-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Heavy drinking in the late
teen years often continues into adulthood and is associated with
long-term alcohol-related problems, researchers warn.
There is sufficient evidence to show that reducing drinking
among older teens not only prevents immediate harm, but also may
lower the risk of long-term problems, the study authors pointed
The researchers reviewed 54 studies that examined the effects of
alcohol consumption in adulthood, including alcoholism, criminal
offenses, mental health problems, smoking, educational achievement
The findings are published in the Feb. 8 online edition of
"Late adolescent alcohol consumption appears a probable cause of increased drinking well into adulthood, through to ages at which adult social roles have been achieved," study author Jim McCambridge, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in London, and colleagues wrote in their report.
But, the researchers said, although they found consistent
evidence that heavy use of alcohol by older teens often is
associated with high rates of consumption into adulthood, and even
alcohol dependence, many of the studies they reviewed were poorly
designed, so there is an urgent need for better studies in this
The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has
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