Early onset of drinking as a risk factor for lifetime alcohol-related problems

Br J Addict. 1992 Aug;87(8):1199-204. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.1992.tb02008.x.


Heavy drinking among students has been a major public health concern over the past decade. A nationally representative 1988 survey on drinking practices and related problems examined the effect of age of of onset of drinking on lifetime alcohol-related problems. Prevalence estimates were obtained for major demographic subgroups of the population. Results and implications are discussed in the context of minimum legal drinking age.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology*
  • Alcoholism / epidemiology
  • Alcoholism / psychology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Development*
  • Risk Factors
  • United States / epidemiology