Binge Drinking in Teenagers

Binge drinking can result in the loss of memory (known as blackouts), severe nausea, foregoing prior commitments like work or school, and a change in behavior that hardly resembles the person when sober. As an example, binge drinking can often result in confrontation, arguments, and driving while intoxicated.

Binge drinking can occur after long periods of sobriety, or every weekend after to relieve stress or tension from work, but is always characterized by heavy alcohol consumption following a period of sobriety. Because the person is not drinking every day, the problem may go unnoticed or undetected, written off as isolated incidents and occasional excessive drinking.

Although some young people can either drink responsibly, or refrain from drinking, binge drinking is still prevalent among young people. Although a surprising amount of 13 year olds admit doing this, it’s popularity greatly increases in older teens and college students.

Research into binge drinking show  drinking is more prevalent in college students between the ages of 18 and 22 than those not attending school. Recent media coverage of alcohol induced deaths on college campuses are drawing people’s attention to the seriousness of this phenomenon.

In addition to drinking fatal amounts of alcohol, binge drinkers are 8 times more likely than their peers to engage in the following activities: skip class perform poorly in school injure themselves damage property Talking to Teenagers About Drinking Responsibly Regardless of what your role is in their life, you have the opportunity to talk to a young person about making responsible decisions when it comes to alcohol.

Research into teenage drinking shows that teenagers from homes where alcohol were abused were less likely to drink if they felt in control of their lives and possessed positive coping skills. Other studies indicate that family traditions are important in helping kids to stay away from alcohol, and can include simple things like eating together and celebrating holidays every year.

Having an open dialogue with your teenagers when it comes to alcohol is extremely important. Waiting to drink until later in life significantly lowers the chances of drinking excessively, and is important for a number of reasons:

Drinking is especially harmful to a teenager’s developing brain and body. Alcohol is a factor in ⅓ of fatal car accidents for young people between 15 and 20.Drinking lowers inhibitions, and encourages risky behavior like promiscuity and sexual assault.

Alcohol can lead to using harder drugs Young people who drink are more likely to steal, get into fights, and ditch school.Treatment for Alcohol Abuse in Teenagers Northbound Treatment Services is dedicated to providing a safe sober environment for teenagers that are recovering from alcohol abuse. Our programs teach our clients positive coping mechanisms and healthy ways of managing stress, as well as providing private sessions with therapists and treatment professionals.

Northbound uses evidence-based rehab treatment to promote sobriety and recovery, including cognitive behavioral therapy, experiential therapy, individual counseling sessions, group processing, and 12 Step support. All of our treatment plans are customized to our client’s specific needs and challenges, and offer them the best chance of long term sobriety, happiness, and success.

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