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Pautassi, Ricardo Marcos and Bravo, Adrian J and Acquas, Elio and Pilatti, Angelina (2020) Editorial: Is early onset of alcohol use associated with later alcohol use? Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 14, . doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2020.00133.

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Research in the neuroscience and epidemiology of alcohol use disorders (AUD) has significantly contributed to our understanding of why individuals use alcohol and why a significant fraction transitions to risky alcohol use or develop an AUD (Harris and Koob, 2017). Yet research efforts are still unraveling important scientific questions. One of those lingering, unanswered questions is the role that an early age of alcohol onset has on the probability of later engaging in risky drinking and/or developing an AUD. The promoting effect of an early alcohol onset on later alcohol use or AUD is an ubiquitous finding (Marshall, 2014). Whether or not the association implies a causal relationship is, however, still under investigation. It is possible that early alcohol exposure alters brain (Pascual et al., 2007) or social processes (Light et al., 2013) that, in turn, facilitate alcohol seeking and intake. Yet it is also possible that both events are explained by a common factor, such as a psychiatric precursor (Tedor et al., 2018). This Research Topic presents contributions toward bridging the gap between preclinical, clinical, and epidemiological research, highlighting new information to better understand the consequences of early alcohol exposure.

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International, Open Access, Article
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Harm reduction
August 2020
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doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2020.00133
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