Early Alcohol Dependence Linked to Reduced Treatment Seeking and Chronic Relapse

A new study with important implications for early onset alcoholism:

Individuals who become alcohol dependent before age 25 are less likely to ever seek treatment than those who become alcohol dependent at age 30 or older…. They also are more likely to have multiple dependence episodes, of longer duration, and to meet more dependence diagnostic criteria than those who become alcohol dependent later in life.