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04-25 Alcohol Awareness Month: Parental alcohol abuse can have serious effects on teens

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Alcohol Awareness Month: Parental alcohol abuse can have serious effects on teens

Alcohol abuse has snowballed into a major health concern in the United States. Researches are constantly being conducted to pinpoint at the factors that increase a person’s proclivity to alcohol. Alcohol addiction is a serious problem that affects not only the user, but his or her family and friends as well. In case of parental alcohol abuse, children are affected the most.

To reach out to various American communities and inform them about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) observes “Alcohol Awareness Month” in April.

Looking at the number of deaths attributed to heavy drinking, people need to understand the reasons of alcoholism, modes of effective treatment and recovery options available.

Children tend to keep their parents’ alcohol abuse problem under wraps

Previous findings have indicated that adolescents brought up by parents with alcohol problem have a higher risk of suffering from physiological and psychological disorders. There is a high probability of children raised by such parents to experience some form of abuse that may have a scarring effects on their minds. Federal agencies in the past had laid down a host of guidelines recommending necessary interventions for parents suffering from alcohol abuse. Paucity of data and necessary evaluations has made it unclear about the effectiveness of these methods aimed at alleviating the hazardous effects of parental alcohol abuse on their children.

Things can take an ugly turn if parents are not ready to accept that their drinking is posing problems in the family. Children often tend to keep their parents’ alcohol abuse problems under wraps, fearing a backlash. Unavailability of necessary help coupled with the effect of family disharmony and violence, characteristic of abusive environment, might lead to various problems in children like low self-esteem or problem with relationships.

Families supported by parents dependent on alcohol can suffer from other issues as well, which can have a devastating impact on the lives of adolescents. Some of the issues are:

  • lack of effective communication
  • partial or non-existing parental skills
  • lack of discipline or structure owing to poor management by parents dependent on alcohol
  • parents with drinking problem serve as ineffective role models
  • monetary problems coupled with inordinate struggles that add to existing stress in life

Moreover, statistics and studies have shown that children brought up in families dependent on alcohol eventually abuse alcohol themselves later. Alcohol abuse is the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), an estimated 88,000 Americans succumb each year to alcohol-related causes and three-fourth of the total cost of alcohol misuse is related to binge drinking.

Getting treatment for addiction

Millions of American children are living in families with either one parent or both the parents abusing alcohol. Researches have stressed on how kids living with families abusing alcohol are more likely to misuse alcohol that can increase the chance of alcohol addiction running across multiple generations.

Alcohol abuse, be it by parents or their children, is harmful. If you or your loved one is showing symptoms of alcohol dependence, get in touch with the Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego for necessary interventions regarding teen alcohol addiction. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-615-7266 for expert advice about recovery centers dealing with teen alcohol abuse in your vicinity. The Rancho San Diego facility of Sovereign Health treats adolescents aged 12-17 years battling addiction to various substances, including alcohol. Our experts use cutting-edge technology for a holistic recovery. Clinicians at the center not only focus on the physical aspects of teenage alcoholism, but also treat those urges that coerce teenagers to abuse alcohol.

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