Teen drinking has been linked to behavior problems and problems with controlling behavior. In adolescents between the ages of 12 to 17 be more likely to have issues with their behavior. This becomes more apparent when children are aggressive, criminal, or delinquent.
Research shows that there is a strong relationship between alcohol use and emotional as well as behavioral problems – but this is based on self-reporting information. These problems include:
- Skipping school
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Feelings of depression
Use of Illegal Drugs
Adolescents are more likely to engage in the use of illicit drugs, whether they binge drink or drink a light amount of alcohol. Teen alcoholism results in a significantly increased likelihood of using an illicit drug. When compared to teens that do not drink, heavy drinks were found to be 16 times more likely while light drinkers were found to be 8 times more likely to use illegal drugs.
Crying for Help by Drinking
Teen drinking can be a warning sign or possibly a cry for help from adolescents. This can be a child’s way of expressing that something is wrong. By intervening, you could catch the problem before it develops into something worse and leads to emotional disturbances, such as:
- Failure in school
- Use of illicit drugs
- Disagreements with family members
- Suicidal behavior
If you do not know the devastating effects of teen alcoholism, then you may not be aware of how prevalent the issue is. Below lists the comparisons between teens that drink and do not drink. The results concluded that teens that drink are:
- 3 times more likely to try to injure or kill themselves
- 3 times more likely to get into fights
- 4 times more likely to commit robbery
- 4 times more likely to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- 5 times more likely to run away
- 6 times more likely to skip school
- 7 times more likely to be arrested
There is a Difference Between Binge Drinking, Light Drinking, and Heavy Drinking
When determining the amount of alcohol a teen consumes, they will be classified as light, heavy, or binge drinkers. Light drinkers consume 5 or fewer drinks in a 30-day span. Heavy drinkers consume more than 5 drinks on 5 days or more within a 30-day span. Binge drinkers consume 5 or more drinks on less than 4 occasions in 30 days. Heavy drinking and binge drinking has been on the decline in recent years, but still, more than 1 in 5 underage adolescents consume an alcoholic drink every month.
Teen drinking should never be overlooked – adolescents are a vital part of our community. With professional help, you or a loved one can get the help you need to combat teen alcoholism and addiction. You may find it helpful to write down your story and use it to inspire yourself and others to move forward.