Teenagers are particularly prone to substance use. Teenagers frequently utilize drugs due to their current way of life. Although the most popular drug used by teenagers changes every year, alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana are still the most popular drugs today. Teenagers have easy access to these substances, particularly alcohol.
While there is a legal age to buy alcoholic drinks, teens have different ways to access alcohol. It is not surprising that a high percentage of teens already drink alcohol.
Alcohol’s effects on adults are devastating. But it is more damaging to teens. We will cover everything you need to know about teen alcohol abuse on this blog.
What are the Effects of Alcohol Abuse on Teens
Binge drinking is a common activity among teenagers. But over time, without them knowing, it can develop into alcohol abuse. AUD can cause irreversible side effects to teens, especially on their brains.
Side-Effects of Alcohol Use on Teens
- Memory problems
- Impaired judgment
- Mood changes
- Slurred speech
- Nausea or vomiting
- Slowed breathing
- High blood pressure
- Weakened immune system
- Learning and memory problems
- Mental health problems such as depression or anxiety
- Social and family problems
- Development of alcohol use disorder
Adults ages 26 and older who began drinking before the age of 15 were 5.6 times more likely to report an alcohol use disorder than those who began drinking at the age of 21 or later, according to the NIH and data from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Teens are also susceptible to alcohol overdose. Teens’ bodies are not yet fully developed, which is why alcohol overdose is common at their age.
These are signs of alcohol overdose to look for:
- Mental confusion
- Trouble remaining conscious
- Nausea or vomiting
- Trouble breathing
- Slowed heart rate
- Dulled response, such as no gag reflex
- Low body temperature
- Alcohol overdose can also lead to permanent brain damage or death.
How to Manage Alcohol Abuse Among Teens?
Alcohol abuse is a dangerous disorder, especially in teens. If you notice or suspect any changes in your adolescent family members, it is advisable to intervene as early as possible.