Teens’ Decision to Have First Drink Influenced by Best Friends, Study Suggests (2/14/13)

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Teenagers’ decision to have a first alcoholic drink may be influenced by their best friends, a new study suggests. Researchers found having friends who drink and who have access to alcohol is the most important factor in predicting when a teen starts drinking.

The influence of best friends was stronger than a teen’s own history of troubled behavior or family history of alcoholism, the study found.

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