A study published last week in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research added additional weight to the Australian Government’s recommendation for parents to avoid giving alcohol to children under 15 years of age.

The study looked at over 6,000 Australian twins and found that the earlier the children had their first drink, the more likely they were to develop alcoholism in later life.

The study concluded that that early drinking can trigger a genetic predisposition to alcohol dependence, increasing the likelihood of alcoholism developing in adulthood.

From www.medpagetoday.com.