Teen Alcohol Abuse is becoming too common

Teen Alcohol Abuse

Although many people use the term “drugs and alcohol” as if alcohol is not a drug, the reality is that alcohol is one of the most dangerous drugs on the planet and it is without a doubt the most dangerous drug to come off. The sudden stopping of alcohol use comes with inherent risk of delirium tremors and even death and alcohol withdrawal is statistically far worse and more risky than coming off heroin. This is skewed in the public eye, due to the fact that alcohol is completely legal and a majority of the population partakes in frequent alcohol use on a regular basis.

Teens growing up around the country see alcohol use from a young age and more than fifty percent of high school students have reportedly drank alcohol before and have gotten drunk. This is not surprising when you consider that most homes have alcohol somewhere located within the home and kids who are seeking to get drunk don’t typically have a tough time getting a hold of it. It is especially concerning that alcohol use amongst teens is on the rise, due to the fact that the majority of these teens will head off to college, where they will almost undoubtedly be exposed to large volumes of alcohol. This pattern creates a serious risk of addiction and the reality is that once you become an alcoholic, there is no turning back. Many teens are ignorant to the fact that alcohol can become a serious problem in which they are dependent on it, which is why it is important for parents to have a serious discussion about using alcohol with their children. Drinking at a young age and continuing on into college puts teens on a slippery slope to developing alcoholism and if you were to walk into any one of the thousands of alcohol anonymous meetings across America, each and every individual will tell you that once you’re an alcoholic, you are one for life.

Teen alcohol addiction is no joking matter and the reality is that teen alcohol use has been on the rise for years. Although there are drug trends that come and go over the years, the one drug that has remained consistent is the use of alcohol by teens. The reality is that it is impossible to prevent a teen from getting their hands on alcohol if they really want to, which is why teens should be educated on the dangers to prevent teen alcohol abuse.


About Karen Corcoran-Walsh

Karen Corcoran-Walsh, CAP, ICADC, MFT, ASAM is nationally known as an expert in the treatment of mental health and drug or alcohol abuse and addiction, also known as Dual Diagnosis, with a specialty in working with teenagers. Renowned as an adolescent addiction treatment center professional, she has worked in the professions of education and drug treatment for approximately 20 years. Karen is the co-founder of Inspirations For Youth And Families, LLC an adolescent treatment program and The Cove Center For Recovery, LLC an adult addiction treatment center.

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