Drug rehabilitation professionals are concerned about the steady increase in teen alcohol abuse and the many negative health effects associated with it. Adolescence is a time when a young person undergoes many significant changes (body, mind & thoughts); it can feel overwhelming and unfamiliar them. It is also a time when these young adults begin to associate more with friends and acquaintances beyond their childhood contacts. They feel an increased pressure to fit in or go along with the crowd in order to be accepted socially. Exposing the brain to alcohol during this period may interrupt key processes of brain development, possibly leading to mild cognitive impairment as well as further escalation in drinking tendencies.
A scientific study of short-term memory skills between alcohol-dependent and nondependent teens ages 15 and 16 found that the alcohol-dependent youth had greater difficulty remembering words and simple geometric designs after a 10-minute interval. In this and similar studies memory problems were most common among adolescents in treatment who had experienced alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The emergence of withdrawal symptoms generally indicates an established pattern of heavy drinking. Their appearance at a young age underscores the need for early intervention to prevent and treat underage drinking.
Teen alcohol abuse may have long lasting consequences. People who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence at some time in their lives compared with those who have their first drink at age 20 or older. While habitual underage drinking does not imply that the individual will develop alcoholism, it is a strong indicator that they may have some form of substance abuse and addiction as they get older. Other factors that contribute to a person developing alcoholism include environmental factors; especially in alcoholic families where children may start drinking earlier because of easier access to alcohol in the home, family acceptance of drinking and lack of parental monitoring.
Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers can help address teen and underage drinking. Whether the individual attends one of the Narconon Fresh Start program centers or is put in contact with a facility that specialized in teen alcoholism and rehabilitation, the help they receive will greatly benefit them. Without proper treatment, the young adult will sink further into their alcohol addiction and may suffer physical, psychological and emotional problems that will haunt them throughout their life. Choosing to get treatment as soon as the problem has been detected is the best way of preventing long-term issues from developing. Letting the problem escalate typically means the individual will have to work harder to end their addiction and likely suffer additional withdrawal symptoms.