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Prior research has shown strong associations between adolescent alcohol abuse and adverse outcomes in early adulthood.
Most risk and protective factors for alcohol use have roots in early childhood.
Although various kinds of substance use are associated with reduced educational attainment, these associations have been mixed and may also be partially due to risk factors such as socioeconomic disadvantages.
Teenagers who smoke, drink alcohol, use drugs, and engage in other risky behaviors are more likely to struggle with drugs and mental health problems as adults, according to new study findings.