Alcohol use in movies may influence teens' drinking habits

02/21/2012 | U.S. News & World Report

Children and teens who viewed the most movies that featured alcohol use were twice as likely to start drinking and 63% more likely to advance to binge drinking, compared with teens who saw the fewest such movies, according to a two-year study of 10- to 14-year-olds in the journal BMJ Open. Researchers also found that the number of youths who started drinking increased from 11% to 25%, and those who progressed to binge drinking rose from 4% to 13% during the study period.

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