Mark S. Gold of Fair Oaks Hospital. It”s drinking that harms or endangers the drinker or other people. Drinking and driving is an extremely dangerous form of alcohol abuse. Teenage drinking may cause fights with family and friends, sometimes ending in injuries or death. Loss of coordination and judgment makes drinkers accident prone.
Teenage arrests for drunkenness or creating a disturbance are not only embarrassing but they can also mean a damaging arrest record 7. Teenage alcoholism is a serious problem which destroys the lives of many adolescents.
In order to understand the controversial issue of alcoholism, it is necessary to explore some background information. Webster”s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language defines alcoholism as “a diseased condition due to the excessive use of alcoholic beverages” 35.
In a medical sense, the physical effects are quite frightening. There is a great risk of cirrhosis and liver cancer. The brain tissue is destroyed and can”t be replaced Peele 15. Historically speaking, even in ancient times, the use of beer and wine sometimes led to drunkenness. Moderation was the most frequently recommended remedy Plesser 3.
Peer pressure contributes to more and more teenagers consuming alcohol. “Eight out of every ten high school seniors have tried alcohol more than once” “Alcohol” NP.
Teenagers may not have much experience with alcohol, so it”s hard for them to judge their own limits. Since they are less mature than adults, they are more likely to overact and lose control when intoxicated.
To show evidence of the effects of alcohol on teenagers, a couple of case studies have been selected. The first one involves David, a 17 year old high school senior.
He was a gifted athlete and scholar until he turned to alcohol. The symptoms began to show up by David infuriating his basketball coach and being told to never come back to the team. His grades started to slip badly and was unaware that that the quantity of alcohol that he was consuming had a direct toll on him. When he finally realized that it was time to stop drinking, he could not do it. Finally, he went to intervention and that was the best decision of his life Greenleaf 8+. This teenager was one of the lucky ones. He recognized the fact that he had a problem, sought out help and was cured.
The next case study involved a high school student who earned good grades and played football. Like many teenagers, Jeff Kellogg drank a bit on weekends with his friends. Although being drunk, Jeff decided to drive home after a party. That particular night the roads were wet and snowy. He crashed into a utility pole and was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead. His parents knew of his drinking and would punish him hoping that he would stop Anderson 1A+. While being intoxicated, a persons” judgment and vision is impaired. Teenagers who feel no pain temporarily may indeed make wrong decisions.
The answer to teenage alcoholism as well as other teenage problems is a one word answer; parents. The people who gave birth to you are the ones that are responsible for you and are ultimately the ones who will suffer the most when things go bad. In most situations, the teen is living at home and is actually crying out for help. Will anyone listen? Parents hope for the best and pray that situations will work themselves out by themselves. Each generation has their own set of problems.
Yesterday”s remedy will not work today. Professional services are available and should be used. The parent must spend the time to know their teen!