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Is it possible to become an alcoholic at age of 21?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
I've seen it as early as the mid teens.
As an escape mechanism it may start as early as a kid decides to begin experimentation which is often at the onset of puberty.

In brief: Yes
I've seen it as early as the mid teens.
As an escape mechanism it may start as early as a kid decides to begin experimentation which is often at the onset of puberty.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Age 21 is plenty old enough to be an alcoholic.
If a 21 year old drinks too much, goes binge drinking, gets dui's, is under the influence of alcohol at school or at work, etc., then it is time to see the doctor and to arrange a trip to the local aa meeting.

In brief: Yes
Age 21 is plenty old enough to be an alcoholic.
If a 21 year old drinks too much, goes binge drinking, gets dui's, is under the influence of alcohol at school or at work, etc., then it is time to see the doctor and to arrange a trip to the local aa meeting.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine
In brief: See below
Early onset of alcoholism often has a strong genetic component.

In brief: See below
Early onset of alcoholism often has a strong genetic component.
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Dr. Stuart Wasser
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