Alcohol is a substance in which the sufferer has problems managing how much and how frequently they drink alcohol and its negative effects on their lives as a result.
The symptoms of alcoholism include tolerance to alcohol, withdrawal many times, craving for alcohol, using more alcohol or for longer periods than it should be, and problems managing life issues due to alcohol.
Alcoholism may be the result of a number of individual, family, genetic, and social factors rather than due to any one cause.
Although a number of genes also play a role in the development of alcoholism, other factors also play more strongly influence its occurrence in this disease.
Medical professionals diagnose alcoholism by evaluating whether the individual shows a number of symptoms of problem drinking on a regular basis.
Alcoholism's treatment depends on the stage of the addiction, ranging from:
1) Management of risk factors and education
2) Intensive residential treatment
3) long-term outpatient care and support.
What are the dangerous effects of alcohol use in teens?
Just a few of the many dangers of alcohol use in teens include the following:
- Alcohol decreases teens' ability to pay attention and make them do wrong things due to craving of taking again.
- Teens who have experienced alcohol withdrawal tend to have difficulties with memory.
- The teenage brain exposed to alcohol is at risk for being smaller in certain parts.
- In contrast to adults, teens tend to abuse alcohol with other substances, usually marijuana.
- Male teens who drink heavily tend to complete less years of education compared to male teens who do not.
- The younger you are when you start drinking more likely to have problems due to the alcohol.
- Each year, almost 2,000 people under the age of 21 die in car crashes in which underage drinking is involved. Alcohol is involved in nearly half of all violent deaths involving youth.
- In 2016, 58% of teen drivers killed in motor-vehicle crashes after drinking and driving were not wearing a seat belt.
- More than three times the number of eighth-grade girls who drink heavily said they have attempted suicide compared to girls in that grade who do not drink.
- Intoxication is associated with suicide attempts using more lethal methods, and positive blood alcohol levels are often found in people who complete suicide.
- Teenagers who drink are more likely to be in wrong activities such as sexual activity, have unprotected sex, have sex with a stranger, or be the victim or perpetrator of a sexual assault.
- Excess alcohol use can cause or mask other emotional problems, like anxiety or depression or mental illness.
- Drinking alcohol in excess can lead to the addiction of other drugs, like marijuana, cocaine, or heroin.