Starting puberty at a younger age linked to increased substance abuse risk

10/9/2013 | HealthDay News ·

Adolescent girls and boys who hit puberty sooner were more likely to report drinking alcohol, smoking and using marijuana in the previous three months than on-time or late-developing peers, according to a study in the journal Addiction. Based on these findings, researchers recommended that substance abuse prevention interventions be made available for children before age 11.

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