Addictive Behaviors Volume 32, Issue 12, December 2007, Pages 2799-2810
The goal of this study was to examine the effects of early and adverse experiences with sex and alcohol on adolescent drinking the year before and during pregnancy.
Early age at first alcoholic drink predicted problem alcohol use before pregnancy and drinking during pregnancy. Coercive first coitus was not associated with alcohol use, but drinking during first coitus predicted problem alcohol use before pregnancy as well as drinking during the first trimester of pregnancy.
In sum, early use of alcohol and use of alcohol during first coitus may be risk factors for problematic alcohol use before pregnancy and during pregnancy among childbearing teenagers.
Implications for the health of adolescent mothers and their offspring are discussed.
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