ALCOHOL ADDICTION IN KIDS AND TEENS
Alcohol is the most widely used intoxicant in the US. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) revealed that nearly 7.7 million adolescents reported frequent consumption of alcohol, out of which 623,000 individuals aged 12-17 faced side-effects resulting from extreme alcohol abuse. These figures are very alarming, considering that the legal age for its purchase in the US is 21.
Alcohol addiction is a dark road and the first steps are taken when one is still young. At such an age, children tend to give in to peer-pressure and try alcohol just for the sake of adventure. This experiment can grow on kids until they lose control.
Parents need to be watchful of the little signs of alcohol abuse like drowsiness, slow response rate, and deteriorating academic performance. Alcohol has an array of adverse effects on the social and physical well being of children. In its early stages, it can lead to poor coordination, blurred vision, late responses, mood swings, unpredictable behavior, lacking judgment, and slurred speech. However, the long-term consequences of alcohol consumption are much more drastic. These may be
- Loss of memory
- Liver failure
- Impotence in males
- Damaged nervous system
- Heart diseases
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Extreme numbness leading to coma
Alcoholism is avoidable since most children try it simply because they are curious. In order to prevent it, it is extremely important for parents to get to know your children’s friends. It is also essential for parents to carry out an open conversation with their own children about the harmful effects of alcohol and drugs and the need to avoid it.