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Is it true that drinking (even a little bit) when you're a teen can cause alcoholism later in life?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Drinking a little bit or as is done in certain cultures doesn't lead to alcoholism. Recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs to relieve anxiety as a teen can prevent the child from learning appropriate coping skills and lead to further addictive behavior.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No.: No, there is no reason that small alcohol experience in teenage years will cause alcoholism.
Last updated Dec 5, 2014

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