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Teenage alcoholism - how to protect your child?

 
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Last reviewed: 01.06.2018
 
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Alcohol is one of the most common methods of stress relieving for teenagers. Fast, easy and inexpensive - these are the main reasons why teenagers can grab a shot. Adolescent alcoholism ... Studies show that about half of junior and senior schoolchildren drink alcohol every month, and 14% of teens are in a state of intoxication at least once a month. Almost 8% of teenagers who drink alcohol say they can drink five or more alcoholic drinks in a row.

What is alcohol poisoning?

Alcohol poisoning is a fatal result of consuming excessive amounts of alcohol for a short period of time. Alcohol during poisoning slows down many functions of the body (for example, breathing, heart rate and gag reflex), which potentially leads to a delay in breathing, coma, stopping breathing, stopping the heart and dying. With alcohol poisoning, you need an immediate call for an ambulance, pumping oxygen into your lungs, and taking a warm liquid in large quantities. These and other measures can be taken in order to prevent suffocation, as well as stopping breathing and palpitations.

What are the symptoms of alcohol abuse in adolescents?

Some of the most common symptoms of alcohol abuse in adolescents are parents' lying, excuses, violation of parental prohibitions. Being in his room, the child wants to be not disturbed. He becomes a verbal or physical aggressor, inclined to insulting others, from such a teenager can smell of alcohol, he can have grayish skin, red eyes, inhibited reactions, mood swings from fun to aggression and unjustified bouts of anger, resentment, tearfulness.

What are the dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol in adolescence?

Here are just some of the dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol in adolescence:

  • Alcohol reduces the ability of adolescents to concentrate.
  • Teenagers who have experienced alcohol withdrawal syndrome tend to have memory difficulties.
  • Unlike adults, adolescents tend to abuse alcohol with other substances, often these are light drugs.
  • Teenage boys who drink a lot, as a rule, less than a year begin to learn worse than those teenagers who do not.
  • The younger the adolescents, when they start drinking, the more chances are that they have more problems with alcohol.

Every year, about 2,000 people aged 21 and older die in car accidents, in which they get drunk driving. Alcohol - the culprit of almost half of all violent deaths involving teenagers.

According to the research, more than a third of the eighth grade students who often consume alcohol, said that they tried to commit suicide compared to those girls in this class who do not drink.

Intoxication is the result of a high alcohol content in the blood, which is often found in adolescents who abuse alcohol.

Adolescents who drink are more prone to sexual activity, unprotected sex, sex with unfamiliar partners, or may be a victim or perpetrators of sexual violence.

Excessive use of alcohol can cause or hide many emotional problems, such as anxiety or depression.

The first use of alcohol usually begins at the age of about 13 years. According to studies, adolescents aged 12 to 17 say that they think they drink a lot (five or more drinks at a time and repeat these "feats" during the month), 77 percent of teens have voiced at least one serious problem , connected with the use of alcohol last year. According to polls, 63 percent of adolescents experienced the negative effects of alcohol, 20 percent reported having psychological problems associated with drinking alcoholic beverages, and 12 percent reported having alcohol-related health problems.

Teenagers who drink heavily often skip school, study badly, run the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases or are sexually abused, or inclined to commit suicide. Drinking increases the likelihood of delinquency and aggressive behavior, including escape from home, fights, vandalism, property spoiling, theft.

What should be the treatment of alcohol intoxication?

First of all, with alcohol intoxication the child should receive as much fluids as the body lost as a result of rapid urination. Doctors often use for this purpose drinks with glucose, for example, hot tea.

A teenager can put a dropper, which will remove signs of intoxication.

How can parents prevent teen drinking?

Conversations of parents with children about the negative impact of alcohol, as well as their expectations about the position of the child in this matter, can significantly reduce the use of alcohol in adolescence. Adequate parental supervision is a good deterrent to drinking alcohol in the youth environment. Sociological studies have found that alcohol and other substances. Harmful for teenagers, they use between 3:00 and 7:00, immediately after school and before the parents come home from work.

It is very important that a teenager participate in various activities after school in order to take his time and not spend it on drinking alcohol. Parents can also help their teenage child by suggesting ways to cope with stress and depression. After all, most children drink for these reasons, and when they find out about other methods of stress removal, alcohol is no longer needed.

For example, 15 to 16-year-old children who go in for sports and travel to cope with stress tend to use alcohol much less often, and they have fewer problems than their peers who lead a sedentary lifestyle.

Adolescent alcoholism is a real phenomenon, but undesirable. Therefore, parents need to devote more time to children at this age. Understanding and love of parents will reduce or even eliminate the need for adolescents in alcohol.

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