The mayo clinic defines alcohol abuse as: “a chronic and often progressive disease that includes problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect (physical dependence), or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking. ”
Statistics shows that young men and women struggle with abusing alcohol more than adults. This is mainly due to the fact that adults have fully developed brains and can handle drinking alcohol responsibly. Teens, however, do not have fully developed minds and are too immature to responsibly handle the potential and prevalent consequences that drinking alcohol brings. Teens who are drinking socially, experimenting, or suffering from severe addiction to alcohol, all have the risk of dangerous and sometimes fatal consequences. Alcohol abuse contributes to most of the teen pregnancies, suicides, fatal car accidents, and violent outbursts.
Parents of a troubled teen suffering from alcohol abuse can be rest assured that many services offer rehabilitative, therapeutic treatment for their child, such as residential treatment centers, therapeutic boarding schools, and group homes.