Underage drinking is a serious problem in the United States. The fact that development of the brain continues until people turn 25 shows why drinking is harmful to adolescents and young adults. Inability to make rational decisions and tendency to binge drink are common problems associated with underage drinking. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), roughly 5,000 American teenagers, aged under 21 years, succumb to underage drinking.
To raise awareness and understanding of the harmful effects of alcoholism, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) observes April as the Alcohol Awareness Month, every year. The theme for 2017 is “Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery.” It is a comprehensive approach to address underage drinking and to educate both the young and old about the significance of treatment for alcohol addiction and about methods to prevent alcoholism. The stress this year would be on informing, understanding, communication and support.
School invites local beauty queen to talk about addiction problems
Raising awareness about the perils of drinking is not just the task of parents and physicians alone. Several schools, colleges, churches and community organizations are organizing various activities to encourage teenagers to seek help for their alcohol-related problems. A classic example is the Bradenton Christian School in Florida that invited Miss Florida, Courtney Sexton, to discuss with both middle school and high school students the potential risks of substance abuse.
At an event held in March, Sexton warned about the physiological impact of substances, including alcohol. She said, “It starts slowly, but addiction begins to creep, and to creep into someone’s mind. And because it is a disease, it needs to be treated by professionals.” To show that the fun linked to drinking has more to do with the mind, Miss Florida screened a part of a documentary showing college students imagining themselves drunk despite having been served non-alcoholic beer.
Addiction problems prevalent across most schools in US
Informing that addiction problems are pervasive and are not limited to any particular type of school, Sexton stressed, “No matter what school you go to, no matter what your religious affiliation is, or your culture, many people struggle with it. It can’t be something we just push to the side and hope they don’t do that.”
Sexton said that during high school, many of her friends used and abused drugs, but they were apprehensive about discussing the problems and did not know whom to talk to. Thus, she encouraged students to get in touch with her through social media if they wished to discuss their dependence problems in detail.
Addiction-free society, a dream yet to be realized
Every year, the NCADD with the help of its local affiliates addresses the drinking problem which has become a big problem in the U.S. Various media strategies, awareness programs and other initiatives and events are held every year to inform teens and adolescents about the perils and harms of alcohol addiction, available treatment options and information about the addiction recovery centers in one’s vicinity. Recurring use of alcohol or drinking large quantities in one go can result in alcohol addiction. In addition, adolescents who drink excess quantities of alcohol are more likely to become problem drinkers as adults.
Teen alcohol addiction is common and you must seek immediate expert advice if you witness the problem of alcoholism in your family. The Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego offers effective solutions to teenage alcohol abuse. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-615-7266 or chat online for necessary information about the treatment of teenage alcoholism. One must not delay the treatment to avoid things from going out of hand.