TEEN ALCOHOL ABUSE - Overview, Facts, Symptoms, Diagnosis

TEEN ALCOHOL ABUSE

Teen alcohol abuse is a tragically prevalent condition that leads to thousands of fatalities each year. If teens start drinking at a young age, they can feel an unexplainable feeling that aches inside their bodies. 

Furthermore, although alcoholism is presumed to be an adult problem, it is a very significant and common problem among teens, especially among those under twenty-one. 

Reasons for Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse is one method of defying authority, but teenagers are often unaware of the health risks associated with drinking. Moreover, younger people may try alcohol for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Drinking as a result of peer pressure or the desire to fit in with their peers
  • Using alcohol for the purpose of reducing stress.
  • Learning from seeing their friends, relatives, and other adults drink to relieve stress, and they try to drink for the same reasons.

SYMPTOMS

The following may indicate teen alcohol abuse:

  • Behavioral changes
  • Rebelliousness
  • Low energy
  • Lack of self-care
  • A sudden drop in grades
  • Slurred speech
  • Silly actions and behavior

Furthermore, the risks of engaging in alcohol abuse include:

  • A family history of alcohol misuse and addiction is a substantial risk factor for alcohol abuse and addiction in anyone.
  • The rate at which a person matures may have an impact on their risk of drinking.
  • The availability of alcohol is always a key influence on young people’s alcohol consumption.
  • A history of childhood trauma and stress and co-occurring mental health issues enhance the likelihood of drug misuse of any kind. 
  • Alcohol consumption and abuse can be influenced by social variables such as a person’s financial and living conditions and attitudes toward substance misuse.

TREATMENT 

When it comes to the prevention and treatment of alcohol abuse, certain specific considerations should be made and applied to younger people. Some of these considerations include:

  • Macro-level interventions include things like enacting zero-tolerance laws for alcohol use by minors, tougher penalties for those who provide alcohol to minors, making alcohol more difficult to obtain for minors, and lowering the positive image of alcohol use by minors in the media and other sources.
  • School-based programs that teach youth about the hazards of alcohol consumption and why they should stay away from it.
  • Setting and enforcing clear norms about alcohol consumption and elder family members doing what they preach when it comes to drinking are examples of family-based treatments.

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