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Teen alcohol abuse is on the rise and has been for quite a while. This has allowed researchers to document the health risks associated with teen alcohol abuse over time.
Let’s examine some of the effects of teen alcohol abuse:
One study examined the short-term memory in alcohol-dependent and non-alcohol dependent adolescents, both aged 15. Those in the alcohol-dependent group struggled to remember simple designs and words to which they had been exposed ten minutes prior to being asked to recall them.
Additionally, the human brain stops developing around the age of 21. Studies show that alcohol-dependent individuals stop maturing socially, emotionally and intellectually while consuming alcohol. And that they continue maturing when they stop drinking and remain abstinent for a period of time.
Studies show that adolescents and the elderly are most likely to attempt suicide. Though males tend to use more lethal methods to bring about their death, more females attempt suicide than males. Females are more apt to be on medication for depression and they absorb alcohol into their bloodstream at a quicker pace. The mix of alcohol and antidepressants often create a negative and self-loathing state, thus bringing about thoughts of suicide.
Pregnancy and STD’s
Studies have linked teenage alcohol abuse to risky sexual behavior, such as casual sex, unprotected sex and group sex. STD’s and unplanned pregnancy occur more frequently in adolescents than in adults or children. It indicates that teenage alcohol abuse may contribute to the concentration of instances in that age range.
Females between the ages of 17 and 21 report more sexual assaults than any other age group. It is between these ages that most adolescent females begin experimenting with alcohol which indicates that the consumption of alcohol by one or both parties is a contributing factor to sexual violence.
About the Author
Brian Burgess is the Director of Rehab for Teens, a leading drug and teen alcohol rehab center in Orange, CA. Aside from his dedication and hard work in supervising rehab, Brian also enjoys regularly publishing content on teen addiction treatment tips, facts and advice, and takes pride in establishing close relationships with the families he counsels.