People who binge drink in their youth are more prone to continue with their drinking habit at dangerous levels in adulthood, reveals a new study.
Lead author Professor Louisa Degenhardt from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW said that over 90 percent of men, who drink excessively as teens keep doing so throughout their 20s, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Degenhardt said that the survey shows that binge drinking in adolescence isn't just an experimental or passing phase.
The study was conducted on almost 2000 Victorian teens, aged 14 to 17, who were followed and assessed nine times over 15 years, starting in 1992.
In their youth, 52 percent of boys and 34 percent of girls admitted consuming five or more drinks on a single occasion within the past week.
Also, over 90 percent of boys and 70 percent of girls were highly likely to binge at the same levels, or more, as young adults.
Researchers also found that extremely risky binge drinking, defined as more than 20 drinks for males and 11 for females, was also more common than thought.
The study found that nearly half of the boys and one third of girls reported extreme binge drinking in either adolescence or in their 20s and out of these, over 40 percent first started heavy binge drinking when they were teenagers.
The research is published in the British Medical Journal Open.