Young people abusing alcohol is a serious issue in the United States and researchers are carrying out studies to understand the factors that prompt them to indulge in such risky drinking habits. Curiosity, stress, peer pressure and genetics are some potential factors for adolescent alcohol abuse. Negative perceptions may frustrate teenagers temporarily and may play a role in pushing them to try alcohol. As per the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), adolescents tend to drink more as they grow older.
As the number of people succumbing to substance abuse problems and resulting mental disorders is on the rise, it has become necessary to raise awareness about the significance of substance abuse prevention and maintaining positive mental health. A recent report by the Minnesota Department of Human Services stated that questioning the truthfulness of some misinterpretation and discussing the right things that teenagers do can help in lowering episodes of teen alcohol abuse. The May 2017 report, titled “Youth Alcohol Prevention That Works: Reducing Youth Alcohol Use Through Positive Community Norms in Minnesota,” emphasized on the positive things that teens do as opposed to negative facts about their lives.
Positive Community Norms, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has been involved in making grants to school districts and various communities for lowering instances of teen alcohol consumption. The approach is based on national research findings, which revealed that among adolescents alcohol and drug use held an esteemed position, thus, implying that drinking is an attractive habit in this group. The experts said that quoting examples and citing positive reality can be more effective than negative misconceptions in cutting down the pervasiveness of underage drinking.
Elaborating on the efficacy of the approach, Emily Piper, Minnesota Human Services Commissioner stressed, “Positive Community Norms has been an effective, time-tested approach. Communities who participated have shown real — and important — improvements in underage drinking.” The approach is also effective in treating a range of other issues, including abuse of addictive and illicit substances by organizations at the federal level.
Tackling the serious problem of alcoholism among youth
Some experts suggest that underage drinking can be a devastating problem and it can cause mental health problems. The effects of this social problem are not limited to the user. The impact of underage drinking is real and serious with many families being torn apart because of it. The problem can affect anyone cutting across age or economic and social status. According to the NIAAA, people aged between 12 and 20 years consume roughly 11 percent of all alcohol in the U.S.
Road to recovery
Alcohol abuse starts with the habit of drinking alcohol excessively and frequently. The focus must be on changing such habits that result in self-destruction. An estimated 4,300 American underage youth succumb to excessive drinking every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One needs to take the decision of approaching a treatment center to overcome the addictive habit. One must not shy away from intervention or things can get out of hand.
Recovery from addiction is possible, thanks to the availability of innovative treatment options and behavioral therapies, tailored to suit the needs of the patients concerned. Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego uses state-of-the-art technology to gauge the extent of dependence so that patients can get the necessary treatment. For more information about treatment centers for teens, call our 24/7 helpline number or chat online to seek more information about treatment centers in California.