Alcohol consumption in teenagers
Modern times show us that childhood ends much sooner giving place to a premature adolescence – one should understand premature as in experiences, experimentation and social status. Family ancient standards are prematurely substituted by new sensations and experiences. Drugs and alcohol addiction problems are starting to create an early general awareness in today’s society. A teenager will begin by identifying himself with a group – being by style, music, beliefs or ideologies -, and it is then with them that he, or she, will be in a so called an experimentation stage.
Experiences at those ages tend to be dangerous and sometimes with a future impact in adult life or even for the rest of their lives. In these we should include:
- unprotected sex
- unmeasured actions (hardly classified as stunts or other related physical demonstrations)
When talking about the adolescence one can immediately add the experimentation stage expression to the equation. Nevertheless, trying out alcohol and drugs does not come only by trying to figure that feeling or flavor but for the experience itself as well as for the need for acceptance. That need for acceptance is clearly interconnected with social status gain within the environment the teenager is emerged.
Whatever the reason may be, teenagers more and more start drinking alcoholic beverages at a young age. Most of the times that consumption reaches points of no return, where a deep stage of inebriation is achieved causing hard cases of violence and – not so rare – drinking themselves into a coma. Recent studies show that alcohol is more and more present (and earlier too) in the life of adolescents. Their preference (according to those studies – ages from 14-18) goes to liquor, with beer coming right after in second place.
The importance and the impact of media nowadays and social circle where teenagers belong, together with their own social and financial condition will always make them (adolescents) a risk group. Their environment also plays an important role in this matter (a rural environment presents few chances for a personal development, leaving alcohol as a more and more premature experience). The city, on the other hand, presents a more paced life style full of events and new experiences, and thus, vigorous future prospects. Nevertheless, such does not remove completely the strong presence of alcohol in young people.
If we look at another element about this topic, we can firmly state that the presence of alcohol in adolescents can be even more dangerous – requiring an increased attention – as alcohol consumption is socially “accepted” at this age. A clear example is reaching adulthood (18 or 21); when such happens, the alcohol intake tends to increase. With a whole set of advertisement and ad campaigns and above all, not being illegal (anymore), most young adults now use and abuse of their so called “alcohol clearance”. This definitely may create new habits, addiction and therefore future related health problems.
Causes and Medical Conditions:
Although chronic illness caused by alcohol is rare in this age, there are still some medical conditions such as changes in sleep and appetite, eczema, and sleep disorder. In more severe cases, alcohol may be interconnected to a whole new level of problems like school violence, risky sexual behavior and even death. According to the experts’ opinion, it is estimated that the sooner alcohol consumption becomes a reality, more likely it is for related problems to appear – at some point in the future.
Going more in detail, one can see – upon several conducted studies in High Schools – that boys present less issues in confessing they drink on a regular basis as well as reporting some shameful events when drunk. On the other hand, girls – although not far away on statistics – still show some issues to admit regular alcohol consumption as well as sharing past experiences while drunk. There are some differences in statistics when you go from the coast to the interior but overall the final result is pretty much the same in regards to this topic.
One of the main concerns regarding possible consequences of alcohol consumption in adolescence (premature adolescence) is the transition to soft drugs. When you look into studies and surveys, one element that immediately stands out is that more than two thirds of drug addicts admit the changeover to drugs after very premature alcohol consumption together with severe cases of inebriation.
To sustain this data, several studies show that a considerable part of adolescents that admit to drink on a regular basis, are inserted within alcohol addiction. Moreover, they also confess drugs intake as part of experimentation phases from the groups or environments they are emerged in.
Finally, one should add that the individuals from the topic above mentioned also possess – in its vast majority – disciplinary proceedings in schools as well as a history of school violence.