Teenage Alcoholism; A Big Problem for the Big State of Texas
Posted Nov 19 2010 11:43am
As a psychiatrist in Texas specializing in treating alcoholism and drug addiction, I see an increasing number of high school students and college-age kids with substance abuse problems. Teenage alcoholism is a growing problem in Texas. Why is this and how common is the problem?
1. 90% of teenagers always think they have their drinking under control. This attitude reflects their strong denial. Teenage binge drinking is how teenagers consume alcohol and can lead to alcohol poisoning, getting drunk very quickly, and injuries from underage drinking and driving.
2. Four out of five teenagers drink before they finish high school. They are susceptible to peer pressure, may not be properly monitored by parents, and their families are in denial about the serious nature of teenage alcohol abuse and teenage alcoholism .
4. Teenagers drink for fun and escape. The danger is underage drinking and driving, increased rate of teenage sexual assault, teen pregnancy, alcohol poisoning, and fights.
Here’s the problem; teenage drug and alcohol use leads to teenage alcoholism and teenage drug abuse. An adolescent’s developing brain and body is more susceptible to the effects of alcohol and drugs than the adult brain and body.
Teenage alcoholism is often a gateway to teenage drug abuse. Moreover, there is four times the incidence of alcoholism as an adult if alcohol is consumed before the age of 25 years old. The earlier the alcohol consumption, the greater the incidence of alcoholism later in life. Similarly, teenage drug abuse when it begins early has a significantly higher incidence of drug addiction later in life.
Treatment programs in Texas are advocates of family intervention. In a family intervention, friends and family and possibly a professional interventionist approach the teen about the impact of their drinking on other people and themselves. Family intervention is a very powerful step to break through the denial that accompanies teenage alcoholism.
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