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Drinking behaviors

A number of factors influence a young adult?s drinking behavior and whether it will become a problem. These include gender (men are more likely to drink heavily than women, but women become addicted at lower levels and shorter duration of use), race and ethnicity, genetics, the presence of mental health disorders, personality traits, and family influences. Last but not least in this age group is the influence of peers, which can have a major…

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