Thousands of Americans suffer an untimely death every year because of alcohol abuse, while millions of others live a precarious life because of it. Being an integral part of the American culture, alcohol impacts all age categories and sections of communities. However, teenagers are particularly vulnerable given the level of desire to experiment or due to peer pressure.
According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), nearly 7.3 million youth aged 12 to 20 reported drinking alcohol in the past month. It included almost 4.5 million who reported binge alcohol use and around 1.1 million who reported heavy alcohol use. It could be mentioned that all 50 states and the District of Columbia do not allow possession of alcoholic beverages by those below 21, and most of them even prohibit its consumption till this age. Moreover, in 2016, 488,000 youth aged 12 to 17 had been diagnosed with alcohol use disorder (AUD) the previous year.
Nevertheless, American students seem to believe in the adage: “You are not an alcoholic until you graduate.” Almost all colleges in the U.S. are afflicted with the common problem of alcoholism and other complications arising from unbridled alcohol use. Despite repeated warnings by public health advocates about the hazards of drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol, college students are hardly bothered as they see it as a rite of passage to adulthood.
In a heartening development though, things seem to be looking up for the students of Michigan State University (MSU). The last few annual surveys have revealed how the quantity of alcohol consumption has lessened among students of the MSU. Nearly 60 percent students reported taking less than three drinks while going out.
Drinking habit gets normalized among MSU students
Normalization of drinking behavior in colleges is a new norm for MSU students. A survey of the students revealed that they now have a better understanding of the kinds of protective factors that they need to keep in mind while they choose to drink. One of the protective factors reported is that nearly one among four students abstains from drinking alcohol when they go partying.
The nature of restrain exhibited by the students stems from their experiences regarding academic setbacks attributed to drinking. Low grades, coupled with inefficient progress in colleges, has resulted in many MSU students deciding against excessive drinking. However, the positive change is not limited to the MSU students alone. As per police departments’ records, number of drunk driving cases have come down in the past couple of years. These records show lower rate of liquor law violations and subsequent arrests. This can be understood from the trend of fewer liquor law violations across Michigan, reducing from 18,000 in 2010 to 12,000 in 2015.
MSU officials said that they have an active collegiate recovery community for students looking to recover from substance use disorders. They want to help students irrespective of their nature and extent of their substance abuse.
Road to recovery
Unrestrained alcohol consumption can have disastrous consequences on adolescents if not controlled early. However, it is possible to recover from dependence on alcohol. Innovative treatment options and behavioral therapies available at rehabilitation centers today make it possible for people dependent on alcohol to live and share the tale of how drinking had nearly ruined their lives.
As a leading behavioral health care provider, 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 our teen alcohol rehabs, call our 24/7 helpline. You can also chat online with one of our experts to seek more information about treatment options for teenage alcohol addiction.