Drinking before the age of 13 quadruples the risk of girls having sex young, new research reveals.
For both genders, having alcohol before 14 more than doubles the likelihood they will be prematurely sexual active, a study found.
Lead author Dr Kelly Ann Doran from Indiana University, said: ‘Adolescents who engage in early sex have higher risks for sexually transmitted infections or unplanned pregnancies.
‘Although the US has seen a drop in pregnancy rates, we still have one of the highest in the western industrialized world.
‘Impairment from alcohol increases the likelihood of being victimized or victimizing other people.’