Study: Girls Start Drinking Before Boys

A new study from Michigan State University is showing that girls are now drinking their first alcoholic drinks before boys, despite the fact that boys were historically the first to start on booze.

The research looked at 390,000 girls across the United States. Study author Dr. Hui Cheng says she’s not sure what it is that caused girls to surpass boys, but it may be due to an increase in splashy, colorful alcohol advertising aimed at women. It’s also relevant that girls reach puberty at a younger age, which tends to result in risky behavior and spending time with older boys.

After 19, boys went on to drink more than girls.

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