Alcohol Abuse and Troubled Teens

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Alcohol Abuse and troubled teens is increasing. Alcohol gives teenagers the power to express themselves without inhibitions.
It allows them to self-medicate to numb the pain of a turbulent world around them. Alcohol use in teenagers can get out of control and lead to death.

Reasons for Abuse and Troubled Teens

The main reason why troubled teens turn to alcohol is to lower inhibitions, especially for troubled teens. It allows teenagers to engage in deviant behavior without feeling guilt or fear that they will get caught. Drinking alcohol gives teens the perception that they are “cool” and can fit into peer groups easily. It allows the teenager to be more outgoing and do things that they normally would not do.

Alcohol abuse and troubled teens can also be found in situations where the teenager lives in a turbulent home life.
Parents who use drug or alcohol themselves create a difficult world for their teenager. To help forget the pain of having unsupportive parents, the teenager drinks alcohol to self- medicate.

Teens who are suffering with a behavioral disorder such as ADD and ADHD are prone to abusing alcohol as well. These teens have difficulty concentrating in school which leads to their grades slipping. They receive pressure from teachers and their parent which causes them to feel misunderstood. These teenagers turn to alcohol to help forget the problems they have with teachers and parents.

Teenagers are becoming much savvier in the way that they procure alcohol. Teenagers seek out friends who are old enough to purchase the alcohol. Some alcohol abusing troubled teens will steal it from liquor or grocery stores. Many will steal right from friend’s houses or from their own parents.

Treatment for Troubled Teenagers

Treatment through a counselor is the best avenue to take with this issue. Troubled teens need help with the problems that are driving them to alcohol. Solving the reasons why alcohol abuse and troubled teen behavior occurs can help these teenagers stay away from alcohol.

Nigel Lane

2 Responses to “Alcohol Abuse and Troubled Teens”

  1. adolescent alcohol treatment
    May 4, 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    Use of alcoholic beverages to excess, either on individual occasions or as a regular practice. For some individuals-children or pregnant women, for example-almost any amount of alcohol use may be legally considered alcohol abuse, depending on local laws. Heavy alcohol abuse can cause physical damage and death. thanks for the post.


  2. Turning Winds
    May 25, 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    Teen drinking rate is rapidly increasing. More and more teens are drinking mostly because of peer pressure and problems in the family. These teens could be risking serious damage to their brains now and increasing memory loss later in adulthood. A tip for parents, Make sure your child understands that alcohol is a drug and it can kill him/her.

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