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Can a person be too young to have problems with drug addiction and alcoholism?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Early Alcoholism

Definitely not. In fact, the younger one begins drinking, the worse his/her prognosis is for later alcoholism and recovery.
Part of the concern is that younger drinkers' (i.e. - preteens or adolescents) brain development is stunted by substance use. A second concern is that young people who abuse alcohol learn to depend on it in social situations, etc. That they are still learning to navigate.

In brief: Early Alcoholism

Definitely not. In fact, the younger one begins drinking, the worse his/her prognosis is for later alcoholism and recovery.
Part of the concern is that younger drinkers' (i.e. - preteens or adolescents) brain development is stunted by substance use. A second concern is that young people who abuse alcohol learn to depend on it in social situations, etc. That they are still learning to navigate.
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Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Anyone can be addict

Unfortunately, even newborns can be addicted to their birth mother's drug habits.
Of course, it is not the innocent baby's or child's choice to become addicted;it is the choice of the addicted caregiver-parent. But, they still can be addicted and in need of expert pedicatric-neonatal intensive care.Usually social workers--child/youth services coordinate a foster care home, hoping the family=o-k.

In brief: Anyone can be addict

Unfortunately, even newborns can be addicted to their birth mother's drug habits.
Of course, it is not the innocent baby's or child's choice to become addicted;it is the choice of the addicted caregiver-parent. But, they still can be addicted and in need of expert pedicatric-neonatal intensive care.Usually social workers--child/youth services coordinate a foster care home, hoping the family=o-k.
Dr. Marci Dietrich
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

If they are physically dependent on adults.

In brief: Yes

If they are physically dependent on adults.
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes if they cannot feed themselves like babies and toddlers.
Addiction need ability to access the substance and compulsion/cravings that cannot be controlled so starts at the level of middle school and becomes a problem then on.

In brief: Yes

Yes if they cannot feed themselves like babies and toddlers.
Addiction need ability to access the substance and compulsion/cravings that cannot be controlled so starts at the level of middle school and becomes a problem then on.
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