Alcohol use among young adults is rising at an alarming rate and few parents are even aware their child may be drinking. Most of the time kids will say they drink because there’s “nothing else to do.” How daunting that the younger generation believes there is nothing better to do with their time than to permanently alter their brain. It’s a frightening statistic that adolescents are susceptible to long-term brain damage that may be irreversible. Psychologists from the University of Liverpool conducted research which shows an increase in compulsivity and a tendency to get distracted by alcohol-related cues. Dr. Matt Field, the lead researcher, explains that adolescence is an especially impressionable time. Heavy consumption during this critical time of brain development may last well into adulthood. Cognitive changes can be seen in teens early on and resemble damaging effects similar to adults who have a long history of use.
Zion Educational Systems’ Family Advocates can talk to you about symptoms and treatment for your child. Alcohol abuse in your teen should be addressed immediately. Our Family Advocates are available anytime at 866-471-8579.
Easy Access Feeds The Fire
Young adults will tell you that getting liquor is not difficult. They usually get it from someone over 21 willing to buy it for them. They can get it from their friends or at parties. Some adults will even provide it and encourage their children to do it at home with their friends. They mistakenly believe it is better for them to be where it is safe as they reason “they’re going to do it anyway”. Despite laws preventing sales to minors, studies show that convenience store clerks who are young are more likely to sell to a minor without asking for identification. The bottom line is that if a kid wants booze, they will find a way to get it.
Developing minds are impressionable even if they have not been drinking for very long. If you suspect your son or daughter is abusing, get help right away. Parents need to be in touch with their children and know their friends. The time for intervention will pass quickly and the damage may be done. Don’t wait to seek treatment, you may be too late.