Host: If a teen does not drink in high school, are they more likely to go crazy in college?
Judith Welles Cousins: I mean it certainly can happen, if there is a lot of -- and certainly if there is a lot of rigidity or a lot of teenagers being overprotective when they are in high school, when they get in college because they have more freedom, they are more likely to experiment, they are more likely to drink and use drugs because there is no real controls for that when you are a teenager and you are at home and in you are in your high school, you have more supervision and more controls.
So certainly possible for that to happen, but even taking that into consideration, if you are drinking and drugging at age 18 or 19 or 20, you are still putting yourself at greater risk. So the older you are when you first start using, when you start drinking, the less likely you are to develop a dependency and that's because of physiological and neurochemical reasons. 1