Early marriages can lead to alcoholism, researchers from the University of Virginia Commonwealth in the United States found out.
According to the journal Development and Psychopathology, the authors selected almost a thousand people aged 21-25 years who reported episodes of binge. As it turned out, alcohol was most often abused by those who married or got married at a young age.
It is believed that marriage reduces the risks of alcoholism in people predisposed to it, the authors explain. However, earlier studies in this area have focused on adults. Among young people, the effect is apparently the opposite – early marriage only exacerbates the craving for alcohol.
People who marry too early, apparently, affect each other not in the best way, scientists say. This is likely to create an environment conducive to mental problems and the use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol.
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