Facts About Alcohol Abuse in Teens


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Facts About Alcohol Abuse in Teens

Facts About Alcohol Abuse in Teens

Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are characterized by the inability to manage or control the amount of alcohol a person consumes. This lack of control often results in a wide variety issues in that person’s life including problems with family, romantic relationship, work, school, and health. Some of the most telling signs of alcohol abuse are withdrawal and tolerance. Symptoms of alcohol abuse include increased intake of alcohol, as well as tolerance, and withdrawal. Tolerance consists of the individual requiring more and more alcohol to produce the same buzz that the drink previously gave them. Withdrawal occurs when someone physically addicted to alcohol stops drinking, and can result in psychological effects like irritability and restlessness, and physical effects such as sweating, vomiting, and nausea.


Alcoholism cannot be traced to one specific cause, but stems from a number of factors like genetics, temperament, social influence, and mental health problems. Because it is considered a mental health disorder, alcohol cannot be detected as easily as physical disorder like cancer or HIV. Instead, it is diagnosed by comparing the individual’s behaviors to the medical definition of alcoholism.


Treatment for alcoholism is on a continuum, and the most appropriate form of treatment is determined by the severity of the person’s drinking. Borderline cases can be treated with mild approaches like alcohol education, but more chronic problems are best managed in either outpatient treatment or intensive residential programs. When it comes to acute alcoholism, residential treatment is the most effective course, and generally uses a combination of 12 Step groups, cognitive behavioral therapy, and individual counseling sessions.


Harms of Teenage Drinking


Teenagers in the United States tend to experiment with alcohol more than any other drug. Shockingly, a recent study indicated that almost half of junior high and high school students reported using alcohol at least once per month. The same study reported that 14% of teenagers have drank to intoxication, and 8% admit to binge drinking.


Although excessive drinking is dangerous to people of any age, it is especially harmful to teenagers. At that age, the brain is still forming, and at a higher risk for being damaged and developing improperly. Other parts of the brain have not fully developed, including areas of the brain that control judgment, decision making, and delaying gratification. Using alcohol at this age could “mold” the brain in a way that makes it especially susceptible to alcohol, and pave the way for a lifetime of addiction.


Treatment for Teenage Alcohol Abuse


If you have a loved one or a teenager in your life that is struggling with alcohol abuse, then Northbound Treatment Services can help. Our programs concentrate on providing our clients with evidence-based approaches for California alcohol treatment, and include individual counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, group processing, and individual counseling sessions.


If your loved one is experiencing a physical or psychological addiction to alcohol, we begin treatment in our one EIGHTY medical detoxification facility. During this phase, Northbound offers our clients 24 hour medical supervision, and the chance to begin their treatment in a comfortable, safe environment, surrounded by supportive staff. After safely detoxing, our clinical staff creates a treatment programs that is customized to your specific needs. Northbound also offers specialized programs, like our faith based Christian program, family therapy, gender-specific care, school programs, and Alumni programs.

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