Friends of teens are the most significant risk factor for adolescents having that first drink too early. UI psychiatry professor Samuel Kuperman says a teen's friend might be the biggest risk factor for starting drinking ahead of family history and social behavior.
A study led by UI researchers discovered that best friends might play the biggest role in influencing when teens have their first sip of alcohol.
A study by a University of Iowa-led research team has found that teenagers who exhibit problem drinking likely got their first drink from a friend. The reason, the researchers explain, is that friends who drink are more likely to have access to alcohol and are more likely to influence when their buddies first drink. The finding is part of a formula that may help specialists intervene before problem drinking arises in at-risk adolescents. Findings published in the journal Pediatrics.