Navigation Links
Having Boys as Friends Can Boost Young Girls' Drinking Risk

Study in twins finds a strong link

MONDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) -- For girls, especially, having friends of the opposite sex during adolescence can raise the likelihood for alcohol use.

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University analyzed data on 4,700 twins in Finland.

They focused on the association between friendship characteristics and alcohol use and the extent to which genetic and/or environmental factors influenced similarity in drinking behaviors among adolescents and their friends.

"Our findings suggest that girls may be more susceptible to their friends' drinking and that having opposite-sex friends who drink is also associated with increased drinking," corresponding author Danielle Dick, now of Virginia Commonwealth University, said in a prepared statement. Dick was an assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis at the time of the study.

"Furthermore, genetically based analyses suggest that the correlation between adolescent/friend drinking was largely attributable to shared environmental effects across genders," Dick said.

Parents need to be aware of their children's friends and how they spend their time together. "This awareness is particularly important for girls, and when the friendship group consists of members of the opposite sex," Dick said.

The study is published in the December issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

"Those who design and implement [drinking] prevention approaches should take gender into account as a potentially critical moderator of prevention outcomes," Kenneth J. Sher, Curators' Professor in the department of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, said in a prepared statement.

"We need to better understand the 'why' of sex differences in risk in order to shed important light on the nature of risk processes," Sher said. "For example, are girls potentially more 'vulnerable' to peer-related effects at this stage of life because they are likely to be more intimately involved with their closest friends that are boys? That is, does gender simply serve as a 'proxy' of a variable such as intimacy or closeness during this time of their lives?"

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about kids and alcohol.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, news release, December 2007

Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers estimate about 9 percent of US children age 8 to 15 meet criteria for having ADHD
2. More reports of children having trouble falling asleep than maintaining sleep
3. New Survey Finds that over Half of MRSA Patients Report Having Received No Information about the Disease from Health Care Providers
4. Overweight mothers run greater risk of having hyperactive children
5. Having Lots of Kids Helps Dads Live to 100
6. Nine Questions to Help You Protect Your Heart Before Having Surgery
7. Having Twin Sister Boosts Mens Anorexia Risk
8. Teen girls report abusive boyfriends try to get them pregnant
9. Friends of Mel Announce Recall of Jewelry Due to Lead
10. Special Olympics Special Spirit in China Award Of Excellence Presented to Dedicated Friends of Special Olympics and City of Shanghai
11. Friends help friends avoid drug use
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Indosoft Inc., developer and distributor of the ... to improve system efficiency and reliability. , The new Q-Suite 6 platform is based ... system avoids locking itself into a specific piece of software for many key components ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Medical Solutions, one of the ... stellar workplace culture with the company’s Cincinnati office being named a finalist among ... was named a finalist in Cincinnati Business Courier’s 13th annual Greater Cincinnati Best ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... For the first time, Vitalalert is donating ... Beat ” campaign. The partnership between the two groups began in 2014 with Vitalalert ... cause. , MAP International was founded in 1954 and is an international Christian-based health ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Wimbledon Health ... launches new Wimbledon Athletics Facebook page to educate the public, parents ... cardiac abnormalities. About 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Beddit® has launched a ... tracking systems. The new app features a more intuitive SleepScore™ that rates sleep quality ... you slept. The SleepScore is created by a proprietary algorithm. Beddit analyzes the data ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... Nov. 25, 2015 On Tuesday, November ... bellwether trial against Wright Medical Technology, Inc. for ... Conserve metal-on-metal hip implant device, awarded $11 million ... two week trial and three days of deliberations, ... device was defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous, and ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN ) today announced that it ... State Attorney General,s Office to end the litigation ... with the Attorney General over the decision of Forest Laboratories, ... the now generic version of memantine immediate release tablets.  Under ... its counterclaims against New York , and ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... DUBLIN , Nov. 25, 2015 Endo International ... Rajiv De Silva , President and CEO, will discuss ... Healthcare Conference in New York on ... . Click on Investor Relations, and then the ... prior to the presentation,s start time to visit the site ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: