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Teen Alcohol Use: How It Ruins Their Health and Mind

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:

Cognition

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.

Suicide

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.

Sexual Assault

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.

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Comment by Roger Harris on June 16, 2014 at 11:58am

A very information and a must read article for everyone. Teens have lot of things to learn from it while parents can also learn to know what is going on currently among this age group. They can be more aware about their children and may take precaution in advance about their upbringing.

Comment by Dr. Michael Berry on May 6, 2014 at 5:28am

Definitely alcohol addiction is the serious concerned for the teenagers especially. It doesn't only ruins their life but also reduces their strength to struggle with problems thus indirectly compel them to enter in the area of frustration and depression.  I am strongly in favor of your information provided in the article. 

Comment by Roger Harris on March 12, 2014 at 11:18pm

 Yeah Alcohol is very harmful  teens,most of the teenagers gets easily influenced by use of alcohol,The addiction of alcohol not only ruin their life but it put their parents into mental problem.Alcohol use among school students are more critical issues,By doing this they invite their death near and near.  

Comment by Michele Lavigne on March 4, 2014 at 12:43am

Addiction with alcohol and drugs during teenagers is common. Using alcohol and tobacco at a young age has negative health effects. Unfortunately, teenagers often don't see the link between their actions today and how harms tomorrow. They also have a tendency to feel permanent and immune to the problems that others experience. After getting regularly drugs or alcohol in his life they become addict of it. For those who are bad addicted of it they can go through with the help of teen drug rehab center nearly about.  

Comment by Ken Nersten on March 1, 2014 at 10:00am

As per the recent study conducted it is found that most of the teenagers gets easily influenced by use of alcohol, due to which they not only ruin their overall life but lives of their near & dear ones too. As it is high time to realize what alcohol can do to our body, else ignorance to the reality can have the high price to be paid throughout the life.

Comment by Amir Ghanouni on February 22, 2014 at 8:26am

Peer pressure can cause anyone to consider alchohol drinking with friends. It is important that parents become more knowledgeable about the risks involved when their kids go out to parties and really begin attending many social events, where drinking alchohol is involved.
Teenagers need to be taught from a very early age to stand firm in their beliefs and be prepared to stand alone at times. 

 

Comment by Michele Lavigne on February 21, 2014 at 1:16am

Alcohol is very harmful that can produce dangerous effects. Adults  often drink alcohol during social occasions, excessive drinking is a leading cause of serious injury and accidental death. Alcohol use among school students are more critical issues. Alcohol and other drugs slow down the body’s functions and so stop both physical and emotional pain.

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