Aggressive behaviour 'increases adolescent drinking'

7 August 2014

Adolescents who behave aggressively are more likely to drink alcohol and in larger quantities than their peers, according to a recent study completed in Finland.

Conversely, depression and anxiety are not linked to increased alcohol use, the study from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital found.

It investigated the association between psychosocial problems and alcohol use among 4,074 13- to 18-year-old adolescents, with the results indicating that smoking and attention problems increase the probability of alcohol use.

Furthermore, among girls, early menarche and parental divorce are also associated with alcohol use, with the study finding aggressive behaviour to be more common in girls than in boys, which was a novel result.

Lead author Eila Laukkanen, Professor and Chief Physician of Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital, said the findings raise questions about a possible change in the behaviour of adolescent girls and their vulnerability during adolescent social and emotional development.

Posted by Philip Briggs​

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