ADOLESCENT ALCOHOLISM1Adolescent Alcohol Abuse and its TreatmentxxxxxxLiberty University
ADOLESCENT ALCOHOLISM2AbstractThis paper addresses the cause of adolescent alcoholism along with how prevalent it is in today’ssociety. It begins with a description of what this abuse is and also goes into its long term effects. This paper addresses the patterns adolescent alcoholism and where it may lead to later in life. Once the substance abuse problem is addressed, there are various methods of treatment from medication, to peer support, as well as parental and spiritual guidance.
ADOLESCENT ALCOHOLISM3Alcohol is the drug of choice for many adolescents. According to studies, 8.7 million Americans between the ages of 12 and 20 reported alcohol consumption. There has been a steady decline over the past 5 years but when the numbers are listed as over 60% of teenagers have consumed alcohol, the number is still too high and detrimental to their lives (Foundation forAdvancing Alcohol Responsibility, 2015). When this disease is not addressed at an early stage and even treated, the disease can take its toll on the young person and lead them down a very dark path. This path typically includes alcoholism as an adult, substance abuse of “harder” drugs, diseases, or even death.Each year, almost 5000 people under the age of 21, die as a result of underage drinking. This includes deaths from motor vehicle accidents, homicides, suicide, and even death caused by falls or drownings (U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, 2012). This is a disease that begins at an early age and can have extremely adverse effects throughout life. Many adolescents begin to consume alcohol as early as 14 years of age, a time when many should concerned with school and enjoying their, yet some are dragged into the world of alcohol by going to parties and associating themselves with the “wrong” people. There are quite a few that observe this behavior from their parents or other family members and it unfortunately spreads down to them.
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