There are prolific and significant risk facts and effects of underage drinking that must be thoroughly discussed.

Teenage days are when individuals enjoy their youthful days and are curious about trying new things- which is absolutely normal. One of which enjoyable activities are drinking alcoholic beverages.

While it is vastly acknowledged that drinking is significantly common for teenagers, there are notable dangers and consequences of abusing underage drinking. Genetics, behavior, and even psychiatric disorders are involved when teenagers abuse the consumption of alcohol.

Alcohol Drinking and Adolescent Development

According to a study, alcohol drinking is the only problem for some students. However, for some, alcohol drinking is significantly correlated with particular behavioral problems outrageousness, impulsive behavior, and adrenaline rush seeking.

Alcohol abuse among students usually starts about the age of 13, rises through puberty, spikes in early adulthood, and then steadily declines.

However, surveys have shown that young adults who intensify their chronic drinking between the ages of 18-24 are more likely to have issues in career seeking, educational attainment, financial security, and marriage life.

What are the Risks?

Biological Markers and Genetics

It is recognized that adolescents whose parents have a substance use disorder are more vulnerable to have bad drinking habits themselves than children whose parents don’t have a substance use disorder.

But keep in mind that the history of alcoholism in the family is not the only primary consideration.

Environmental factors, which may range greatly from person to person, often play a part in whether or not one has chronic drinking problems.

We all recognize that external factors will offset some hereditary influences, resulting in people with biological vulnerabilities not developing alcohol problems.

According to research, brain waves generated in response to particular stimuli can deliver observable brain stimulation that can show predictions of the risk of alcoholism. A particular brain wave called P300 is one of the brain waves utilized for such experiments that usually arises roughly 300 milliseconds after a sound or light stimulus.

Childhood Behavior

Children who are hostile from the age of 5 to 10 are more likely to abuse alcohol and other substances through puberty.

According to a study, children who manifest antisocial behavior during their earlier years of life are more likely to develop alcohol-related issues during puberty and serious alcohol disorders in later life.

Psychiatric Disorders

Several research studies have shown a correlation between alcohol intake and a number of psychological problems in teenagers and young adults:

  • In comparison to those without anxiety disorders, young adolescents with anxiety disorders are two times as likely to have significant substance use disorders.
  • Teenagers who drank more were four times more likely to suffer from clinical depression.
  • Teenagers who are heavy drinkers are more likely to have behavioral problems.

Effects and Aftermath of Underage Drinking

  • Legal matters, such as being arrested for speeding or physically injuring others while drinking.
  • Physical health issues
  • Sexual behavior that is unplanned, and unsafe.
  • Drugs abuse and misuse
  • Influences in brain growth that could have long-term implications.
  • Alcohol intoxication.
  • School issues, such as higher absenteeism or school dropout.
  • Fighting and a lack of interest in youth sports.
  • Sexual development is disrupted.
  • Likelihood of suicidal and homicidal thoughts
  • Alcohol-related car accidents and other serious incidents like explosions, fall downs, or drowning
  • Memory difficulties

Correlation of Underage drinking and Adult drinking

According to research, there is a correlation between underage drinking and the drinking habits of adult families, adults in the same family, and adults in the same culture and state.

In states and communities, there is a link between youth and adult drinking, including binge drinking. 12 to 14 A 5% rise in binge drinking by adults in a group is linked to a 12% increase in the likelihood of underage drinking.

We can prevent underage drinking

Underage drinking can be minimized by holistic policies that include appropriate population-level policy interventions.

Professionals and therapists are on hand to teach children about the dangers of underage alcohol and how it impacts youth development. Parents are often urged to speak to their children about drinking in moderation logically.

Takeaways

Parents should be mindful that a child’s alcohol consumption can also be a red flag or a call for help that something is desperately wrong with his or her life.

Parents, psychologists, educators, and other compassionate people may interfere when problematic activities contribute to severe emotional problems if they reach out to children early enough.

About Admin

Nicole T. Conquilla is a 21-year old registered Psychometrician in the Philippines. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Psychology who is a strong mental health advocate and encourages people to discuss, help, and support one another to cope and get through their mental health problems.

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