June 2013: Alcoholism at Large
A teen's first drink often comes from friends
It may be a buddy who hands you your first beer.
A recent study has found that adolescents who get their first drink from a friend are more likely to drink sooner in life, which past studies show makes them more prone to abusing alcohol when they get older.
“When you start drinking, even with kids who come from alcoholic families, they don’t get their first drinks from their family,” says psychiatrist Samuel Kuperman, at the University of Iowa. “They get their first drinks from their friends.
“Family history doesn’t necessarily drive the age of first drink,” notes Kuperman, who has studied teen drinking for...