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Is it true that drinking (even a little bit) when you're a teen can cause alcoholism later in life?
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: No.
No, there is no reason that small alcohol experience in teenage years will cause alcoholism.

In brief: No.
No, there is no reason that small alcohol experience in teenage years will cause alcoholism.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Irwin Berkowitz
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