While teens are in a social setting, it's hard to know what they're going to do. You never know how they're going to act. Fitting in is a priority and can oftentimes be the driving force behind experimenting with substance abuse. This includes drinking. Unfortunately, most teenagers tend to drink alcohol excessively while hanging out with friends.
Once they've started the habit of drinking, they tend to begin doing it outside of their social circle. This leads to a much larger issue. If you're concerned about your kid's drinking problem, call Legacy Freedom. You'll love our affordable Greensboro NC alcohol rehab center.
Underage Drinking Leads to Adult Problems
In fact, there's a new study out by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh that shows the most teenagers also drink alcohol while they're alone, as well.
Drinking socially is a problem for teens, but drinking alone tends to cause them to develop alcohol abuse as young adults. The study, which was published in an issue of Clinical Psychological Science, found that teens who drink alone drink more heavily and also in response to emotional issues and life stresses. The study also revealed that adolescents who drink by themselves had more problems with alcohol as an adult.
"We're learning that kids who drink alone tend to do so because they're feeling lonely, are in a bad mood, or had an argument with a friend," said lead author Kasey Creswell, assistant professor of psychology in CMU's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. "They seem to be using alcohol to self-medicate as a way to cope with negative emotions and, importantly, this pattern of drinking places them at high risk to escalate their alcohol use and develop alcohol problems in adulthood."
In addition to causing a drinking problem as young adults, teens who drink at a young age actually run the risk of having neuro cognitive performance problems. Binge drinking in particular, is causing an impact on young adults. Verbal learning, memory, and test performances are declining due to binge or extreme binge drinking.
Adolescence is a time when many changes happen in our bodies. Whether it's neurobiological, emotional and/or hormonal, drinking can seriously alter the necessary development within our brains and bodies. That is why binge drinking and drinking as a teen is so dangerous.
It's important, as parents, to share this information with your teens. Fitting in and having friends is important, but if they truly understand the issues that heavy drinking can cause now and in the future, they might think twice before taking a drink.
Affordable Greensboro NC Alcohol Rehab Center | Legacy Freedom
Is your teen drinking excessively, acting out and not taking school seriously? If so, it might be time for rehab. You might be thinking that choosing therapy isn't the best option, considering they'll miss even more school. However, our outpatient rehabilitation allows your child to stick with daily routines of going to school or work. They won't miss out on important things.
Legacy Freedom isn’t like any other type of rehab your teen will experience. We offer the following to those struggling with alcohol use, in hopes to help them learn what life without drugs and alcohol will be like:
- adventure therapy
- comprehensive onboarding and evaluation
- drug testing
- dual diagnosis
- family therapy
- group therapy
- individual counseling focused on the individual’s needs
- life skills
- parental support and assistance
If you're ready to beat alcohol abuse and get back on the path to a happy, healthy life, contact us at Legacy Freedom of Greensboro. We are here to help you with a personalized drug or alcohol treatment program that will work. Our outpatient programs have a 100% success rate for those committed to recovery. Don't wait. Call our Greensboro NC alcohol rehab center today and get the help you need. Our counselors are standing by to walk you through recovery and into a life without addiction.