Teenage alcoholism is serious. Alcohol is one of the deadliest drugs with far reaching effects on health. Alcohol addiction starting in adolescence can affect your child’s entire future. Teenage substance abuse often results from peer pressure as well as having a genetic predisposition for addiction. Here are other reasons teens turn to alcohol…
Many teenagers complain they drink to reduce stress. The stress can be from school; both academic as well as social pressure. A number of teens I treat for teenage alcoholism turned to alcohol to numb bad feelings that occur after a break-up. Other teens drink alcohol to cope with feeling they don’t “fit in”. Teenage alcoholism often follows teenage depression or anxiety.
Teenage alcoholism begins by binge drinking frequently at parties. Teens pursue “getting drunk” as a form of entertainment. Teenage binge drinking is part of teen culture. There is pressure on teens to conform and “cave in” to peer pressure to feel part of the group.
Underage drinking and driving is one of the most serious consequences of teenage binge drinking. Alcohol poisoning and unintentional overdose are potentially deadly consequences as well. Teaching your teen the serious consequences of drinking alcohol on their developing brain and body may help them say no to drugs and alcohol. Being a good role model for your teen also aids prevention of drug and alcohol use. Clear rules and consequences for any teenage substance abuse that occurs in a family sets an important sense of accountability.
Parents-save your teen from underage drinking and driving, being a victim of alcohol poisoning from teenage binge drinking, or even rape by playing an active role on prevention. It will pay off.
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