Teenage alcoholism research reveals an alarming number of youth who drink alcohol and put their lives – and the lives of those around them – at risk. Teen alcoholism is a serious problem in the U.S., and the statistics bear this out.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducted a recent study of the scope of teen alcoholism. They surveyed teens age 12 – 17, and this is what their research found:
Of teens that did drink during the past year, the teenage alcoholism research found that:
Of those that drank heavily during the past month (heavily being defined as five or more drinks on five or more occasions), the teenage alcoholism research found that:
The above statistics on teen alcoholism are alarming. But there’s more.
Another study on alcoholism among teens looked at students grade-by-grade:
They found that among eighth graders:
They found that among tenth graders:
They found that among twelfth graders:
You can see that there has been much teenage alcoholism research conducted. Most of the studies focus on the scope of the problem, however. There has been some research on how to prevent and treat teen alcoholism, but more research is needed in those key areas.
The research that has been done on the prevention of alcoholism tells us that parents play a big role in the prevention of the disease. Something as simple as talking to teens about the dangers of drinking can go a long way toward preventing it.
Research also tells us that teens that drink before the age of 15 are far more likely to become alcoholics than their peers who do not drink until the age of 21 or later. If we can prevent underage drinking, we can help to prevent adult alcoholism.
One other thing that research tells us is that teen alcoholism is very treatable with the right treatment. Teens should receive treatment in a treatment center that is geared toward the treatment of adolescents. Teens have different treatment needs than adults.