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Teens first drink – 2

Narrator:  This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Researchers have found that when it comes to teens getting their first drink, it often isn’t parents or an older sibling that provided the alcohol. Dr. Samuel Kuperman at the University of Iowa says it was a friend.

Kuperman: At age 14, it’s more about where you get your alcohol that allows you to take your first drink than anything else.

Narrator: An NIH-funded study, shows that teens 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. For details, visit www.niaaa.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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