In an analysis of data based on 257 women and 274 men admitted to substance abuse treatment centers, researchers found that both genders reported beginning regular alcohol consumption in their late teens but women sought treatment four to five years before men. The findings in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research did not determine a reason for the discrepancy, but knowing it may exist can be useful for health care providers, Stanford University research neuropsychologist Rosemary Fama said.

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