Children whose parents separated or divorced when they were under age 5 had a fivefold increased risk of binge drinking at age 16 compared with children whose parents stayed together, a study including nearly 32,000 people showed. But the researchers also found that high levels of parental warmth before age 5 reduced the odds of excessive drinking by age 16, suggesting that instability and stress -- and not divorce itself -- affects children's drinking habits.

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