Drinking in young people linked to rise in alcoholism by age 35

DELMARVA – A new study is showing that drinking at a younger age is linked to alcoholism later in life.

The study by Science Direct says alcohol use at the age of 18 is proved by the age of 35 that an individual will begin showing signs of Alcohol Use Disorder. With the pandemic closing schools and switching to virtual learning, many kids had more time on their hands. Health officials even said some kids got a closer look at parents’ binge drinking right in their homes. Officials tell us they’re seeing this right here in Wicomico County and why they think that is.

“During Covid a lot of kids started drinking, because they had difficulty dealing with Covid, they couldn’t be with their peers, and there was no support out there for them. And so they started drinking,” says Cynthia Schifler with the Wicomico County Health Department.

She also says this is also happening in adults, not just kids. So as a parent, experts say sit down and have the conversation, don’t avoid it. Kids are starting to think alcoholism is normal because no one is saying anything.

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