Did you know that at least 34 percent of our teenagers under the age of 15 have had at least one drink in their lifetime? What is even more worrying is the fact that about 5.3 million of the population between the ages of 12 and 20 has a problem with binge drinking while 1.3 million of these have been classified as heavy drinkers. This means that our young population is having a very serious problem with alcoholism. When we don’t deal with these issues in time, they persist to adulthood and beyond. Here are a few things that we as the best drug rehab centers in Kansas City have devised to deal with underage drinking.
After thorough research, we discovered that when teens engage in reckless drinking behavior, they end up getting issues with their brain development. The second effect and one that is most prevalent, is that the teens that abuse alcohol are prone to developing alcohol use disorder.
What is causing the rise in alcohol use disorder?
The problem with our teens is that due to social media influence and peer pressure, they do not realize when something that has been labeled as ‘cool’ is becoming a major problem. What is even worse is the fact that when teenagers compare alcohol to other hard drugs, they tend to imagine that it is safer to use as compared to substances such as cocaine and other hard drugs.
The society is also not helping with the issue because normally, parents will be a little less strict about dealing with a teen who has been caught drinking compared to the one caught with a joint. When we teach our teens that the consequences of drinking are less severe than other drugs, we are leading them towards the path of not fearing alcohol, which is very wrong.
Another contributing factor to underage development of alcohol use disorder is that it has been universally accepted to keep alcohol within the reach of our teenagers. The problem is not necessarily the easy availability of the drink, but the fact that if the teen has already started developing alcohol use disorder, the availability of the alcohol in form of scotch, brandy and wine in the cellar will accelerate the problem very fast.
Then there is the information gap that has been widening between parents and their young ones. For instance, previously, it was the responsibility of the father to give his son his first drink at the age of 18. However, nowadays teen pool parties and other events that the teens organize together are the venues where they are getting introduced into underage drinking. Our treatment centers for addiction in Kansas City have placed a lot of emphasis on the issue of alcoholism among teens because they make up a large percentage of the larger population with dependency issues