What is alcohol? Where does alcoholism start? Does it ever end? Teenagers begin to use alcohol at earlier and earlier ages, and in much larger quantities as they grow older. No amount of parenting or outside intervention seems to work when a teenager is determined to numb their senses through drinking.
Alcohol is a type of fermented drink made from grains. It can either have a mild effect on the drinker, or a dangerous effect, such as in alcohol poisoning. The method of producing alcohol has been around for thousands of years, and the reasons that people drink it are the same now as ever before. It’s a mind-boggler. It numbs the senses, it releases inhibitions, and it is very, very addictive.
Alcohol problems in teens
Alcohol laws have had good results in keeping children away from the substance, at least in public situations. Alcohol is the most available over the counter drug to the self-destructive teenagers. It isn’t legal for the kids to buy it, yet somehow there is always beer or alcohol on hand at a party or sleepover. If it’s in the house, then chances are that at some point the younger kids will want to get woozy, and the older kids will want to lose their inhibitions. The problem is that it all begins with drinking for experimentation and ends in alcohol substance abuse. The laws pertaining to alcohol use vary from state to state and generally pertain to who may buy or consume alcohol. Many of these laws are passed especially to protect teens and young children from starting the habit.
Not everyone likes or drinks alcohol, for personal tastes or reasons. Those teenagers who do drink regularly, and can’t control their cravings, are the ones that need help. When they actively seek out alcohol to “relax” or “be themselves” then they may be stimulating a genetic weakness they were born with. Scientists have pinpointed a gene that appears to be linked with alcoholism. The gene identification is not for genetically engineering babies to be non-alcoholics; it’s only for singling out the people who have this gene, and alerting them to their physical weakness for drinking too much alcohol.
There are so many problems that teens face each day as they try to grow up and develop into their own person. Each individual deals with his or her own problems with the best of their ability. Unfortunately there are times when the teenagers look for “a crutch” to help them through the rough patches, and it really is up to real friends and loving family members to point out to the child that alcohol is not the answer.