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This article will help parents understand what teen alcohol dependency is, what threat alcohol dependency poses to teens, and how to get help for teens with alcohol dependency. Keep reading to find out who is at risk for alcohol dependency, and tips on preventing alcohol dependency.
More teens use alcohol than their parents realize, and some parents look the other way when teens use alcohol, but teen alcohol use carries serious risks for teens, including alcohol dependency. If a teen becomes alcohol dependent he or she needs help to avoid the serious long-term harm caused by alcohol dependency.
Alcohol dependency is linked to alcohol abuse, but it is more serious. Alcohol dependency occurs when a teen can no longer control his or her drinking. Alcohol dependency can be physical, mental, or both. In physical dependence, a teen’s body becomes used to the alcohol and needs it to function. Not getting alcohol results in withdrawal.
The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include:
Mental alcohol dependency is when a teen has an overwhelming desire for alcohol, using it to face day-to-day problems. In this case a teen needs to change his or her dangerous thought patterns so he or she no longer relies on alcohol to handle life.
What are the symptoms of teen alcohol dependency?
Some of the signs of alcohol dependency in teens include:
Parents who find hidden alcohol or empty bottles, or who are concerned about changes in their teen’s behavior or appearance, should talk to their teens to see if they are using alcohol.
What are the dangers of alcohol dependency?
Teens who are dependent on alcohol are more likely later in life to be unemployed, involved in an abusive relationship, or in legal trouble. They are also more likely to drink while pregnant, causing harm to their baby. About half of accidental deaths and car accidents are the result of alcohol use, according to the National Institutes for Health.
Some of the effects of alcohol dependency include:
Who is most at risk for alcohol dependency?
There are many risk factors for alcohol dependency, but some of them are:
How can parents prevent alcohol dependency?
Parents play an important role in preventing teen alcohol dependency. The most important thing parents can do is to set a good example and talk to teens about why they should not use alcohol. If a teen is drinking alcohol, the sooner a parent finds out, the easier it will be to help the teen.
Some tips for parents to help prevent alcohol dependency include:
How is alcohol dependency treated?
If your teen has a problem with alcohol dependency, there are three basic steps to getting help:
There are many different types of rehabilitation programs. Some are geared specifically to teens, while others are open to anyone. Some common programs include:
Your teen should help decide which program he or she feels most comfortable using. This will increase the chances that he or she successfully stops using alcohol. Family members of teens with an alcohol problem may want to look for a program like Al-Anon, which is geared toward helping the families of alcoholics.
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