Teen Alcohol AbuseAll you need to know about alcohol abuse in adolescents
When it rears its ugly head, and it eventually will for most parents, the issue of teens and alcohol abuse tests even the most level-headed parents. It can seem that whatever you do, you cannot stop your child from experimenting with alcohol.
There are many who say that abusing alcohol is just an adolescent phase that teenagers grow out of and, to a certain extent they are right. However, a minority of teens who abuse alcohol will not just grow out of it, they will go on to develop alcohol dependency. In fact research has shown that teens who use/abuse alcohol before the age of 15 are FOUR TIMES more likely to go on to develop problems with alcohol than those who put off their first drink until after the age of 20.
It is imperative, then, that parents do all they can to discourage their teenagers from abusing alcohol.
This page has been written for all those who are concerned about the issue of teen alcohol abuse and wish to know more about it. If you look at the resources below, you will find links to various articles on teen alcohol abuse.
Please scroll down and click on any link you find of interest. As always, if you have any questions please go to our Alcoholism Questions page.
Treatment centers for adolescents are relatively rare because, fortunately, there are not that many teens who suffer from alcohol dependency.
However, teens are still referred to adult alcohol dependency treatment centers on a regular basis. This is entirely inappropriate.
Teens have very different needs from adults and need a very different treatment regimen from that provided for adults. Read Treating Alcoholism In Teens to discover why teens need tailored alcohol dependency treatment.
Although drinking may seem fun to many teenagers, its effects on them and their lives can be devastating. The health problems caused by alcohol abuse are well-documented, but it is the social and psychological consequences that impact on the young first.
There is a belief among many that it is inevitable that teens will abuse alcohol and that there is little parents, or adults for that matter, can do about it. Although there is an element of truth in this, there are a number of strategies a parent can adopt to reduce the likelihood of their child abusing alcohol.
Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)