Effects of Teenage Drinking
The effects of teenage drinking can be quite serious.
Fortunately, teenage alcohol use is on the decline. Still, it is a
problem of note, with three out of four high school students
reporting that they have consumed an alcoholic beverage prior to
graduating high school.
The most serious effects of teenage drinking is that it leads to
adult dependence. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and
Alcoholism reports that teens who start drinking before the age of
15 are four times more likely to develop an alcohol addiction than
those who do not begin drinking before the legal age of 21.
Drinking and driving is another danger of teenage alcohol use.
Forty percent of all alcohol-related fatal car crashes involve
teens. Teens may not realize they are too impaired to drive, or they
may be afraid to call home for a ride. Regardless of the reason,
teens that drink often drive while under the influence.
Other effects of teenage drinking include decreased inhibitions
that may lead to risk-taking behaviors. Alcohol intoxication impairs
the judgment and teens who are intoxicated may engage in a number of
Alcohol may also serve as a “gateway drug” into more serious drug
use. Once teens have decided alcohol use is acceptable, they may
feel other drugs are also okay. Impaired judgment may also lead to
the experimentation with other drugs.
Teen alcohol use nearly always causes poor performance in school,
if the teen is using on any kind of a regular basis. Teens who use
alcohol have trouble concentrating in class and on assignments. They
also have difficulty with peer relationships and with relationships
with teachers and other authority figures.
Teen alcohol use also causes family problems. Teens who use
alcohol may withdraw from the family and have difficulty with family
relationships. They may demonstrate behavioral problems as well.
There are also health risks involved with alcohol use. People
today are well aware of the health problems caused by excessive
alcohol consumption. Health problems can include stomach ulcers,
liver problems, heart problems, and malnutrition. These problems
generally occur in people who have been drinking over a longer
period of time and are not always seen in teens, but can result as
they grow older if they continue to drink.
Finally, teens who use alcohol may have legal problems due to
their behavior. Underage drinking is illegal, and teens who drink
may engage in other illegal behaviors as well.
The effects of teenage drinking is a problem that worries
parents, educators, and policy makers alike. It is a far-reaching
problem and affects us all directly and/or indirectly.
Preventing Teenage Alcohol Use
Fortunately, there are things that can be done to decrease
teenage alcohol use. By simply talking to their teenagers about the
use of alcohol and the effects of teenage drinking, parents can
reduce the risk of their children drinking. Studies show that teens
whose parents talk to them about alcohol and drugs are 42% less
likely to use those substances than teens whose parents don’t
discuss the issue with them.
Parents can also help by setting good examples for their teens.
If they drink, parents should do so responsibly, and never drive
while under the influence.
Most schools also provide educational programs designed to
educate students about the dangers of underage drinking. Some of
these programs are more effective than others. One popular program,
DARE, involves local police officers coming into the schools to talk
to students about drugs and alcohol. Its effectiveness has been
called into question, but it is still one of the most widely used
Please feel free to write to us if you would like more
information about how to prevent teenage alcohol use.
Drinking and Driving - Important tips for parents to help
prevent underage drinking and driving.
Drinking Facts - Information on teenage alcohol abuse. List of
teen drinking facts, and advice on how to stop this problem.
Drinking Statistics - Facts and information about teenage
alcohol abuse. What can be done to prevent teenage alcoholism. List
of the most current and important underage
Alcohol Drinking - Information about teens and alcohol, and the
underage drinking laws. These laws do help to keep some teens that
drink off the roads, but proper education about the dangers of drunk
driving is very important.
Teens - Information about the unique challenges that teen
alcoholics face. What to look for when selecting a treatment program
for the alcoholism teenager.
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