Underage drinking is a major public health problem. Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among teens. On the average a teen can consume more drinks per drinking session than adult drinkers. Approximately 190,000 emergency room visits in the year 2008 were for under age drinking related injuries and other conditions. The 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that among high school students, during the past 30 days: 42% drank some amount of alcohol, 24% binge drank, 10% drove after drinking alcohol, and 28% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol. (Source: www.cdc.gov)
Teens sometimes don’t realize the consequences of drinking. Teens that drink alcohol are more likely to experience, school problems where they don’t attend often or have failing grades. Social problems such as fighting or they don’t want to participate in activities. They may have legal problems, such as getting arrested for driving or hurting someone while they were drunk. The physical problems they could experience are hangovers and illnesses. Teens that drink alcohol could have unprotected, unwanted or unplanned sex, they could be at risk for sexual assault, suicide and homicide.
Alcohol Affects Teens in School
Drinking alcohol can also cause a teen to have memory problems and possibly abuse other drugs. Sometimes teens don’t realize the affect alcohol has and they can binge drink which puts them at greater risk for death from alcohol poisoning. If alcohol is consumed rapidly and in large amounts it can cause death also or a coma. If a teen starts drinking before they reach 15, they are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life. It is a chronic disease if you depend on alcohol. This is known as alcohol addition and alcoholism. Some of the signs and many of the symptoms of alcohol abuse include a strong craving for alcohol. If a teen continues to use alcohol it can affect their brain later on in life. In other words, if a person can not limit their drinking, they have alcohol dependency.
Teen boarding schools are available to help a teen that are dependent on alcohol. Some teen boarding schools will make it a part of their curriculum to have the students attend AA in the area. Living away from home and not having the negative influence, the troubled teen dealing with alcohol issues can receive the knowledge they would need to help them stay sober. There are also teen boarding schools that have therapy. This is very helpful to the teen who is dealing with alcohol abuse. They are able to talk to a therapist and the therapist helps them learn to deal with their abuse. Sometimes there are reason’s why the teen drinks. They are often also abusing other drugs. Therapy usually will help the teen open up and deal with their deeper issues.