Signs, Effects, and Treatment for Teen Alcoholism
Alcohol problems in teens are now called Alcohol Use Disorders, which include both abuse and dependence. The problems associated with alcohol use are well known. Alcohol is associated with auto accidents, increased violence, loss of jobs, and loss of lives. Alcohol is very dangerous, especially in the hands of struggling boys and girls. It is getting easier for troubled teenagers to obtain alcohol and it's also resulting in dangerous activities. As a parent, we want the best for our children and drinking is certainly not the choice you want your kids to make. Many struggling teens don’t know how to overcome the problems that they are faced with and many need to be placed in the correct environment in order to restore themselves. Zion Educational Services can educate you on how to place troubled boys and girls in the correct environment in order to receive the help they need to overcome their struggles. For immediate assistance contact ZES to speak with a child placing specialist at 866-439-8112.
What are the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse? Alcohol abuse is a pattern otherwise known as "problem drinking." The behavioral warning signs of alcohol abuse are: Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol frequently. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has established two drinks per day for men and one drink a day for women as the limits to safe drinking. Alcohol abuse may initially be diagnosed in struggling teens who recently began drinking. However, troubled teens may also be involved with other drugs, without alcohol being the primary substance they are using. Although some alcohol users abuse alcohol without becoming alcohol-dependent alcoholics, over time abuse may progress to incurable alcoholism.
The symptoms of alcoholism include those of alcohol abuse plus serious additional symptoms:
1. Craving a strong need, or urge, to drink.
2. Loss of control.
3. Not being able to stop drinking once drinking has begun.
4. Physical dependence.
5. Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after stopping drinking.
6. Increased tolerance to drinking. The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get "high."
Alcoholism is a disease that lasts an addict's lifetime. The consequences of alcoholism are serious. Heavy drinking can cause: increased risk of cancers of the liver, esophagus, throat, and larynx, liver cirrhosis, immune system problems, brain damage, harm to the fetus during pregnancy (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) that may impact the child's brain, resulting in learning and behavior problems in struggling boys and girls incontinence. Alcoholic troubled boys can also be affected by the loss of erectile function, leading to impotence.
Denial is an alcoholic's strongest defense mechanism, especially with struggling teenagers. But even if the alcoholic is quite aware of these serious implications of heavy drinking, the craving that an alcoholic feels for alcohol can be as strong as the need for food or water. An alcoholic will continue to drink despite serious family, health, or legal problems. No one who takes a drink thinks he or she will become an alcoholic. Troubled teens are about four times more likely than the general population to develop alcohol problems if drinking has been in their family history for example, if their parents were an alcoholic or grandfather (etc).
Many parents aren’t aware of the correct way to restore struggling teenagers and need a professional to educate them. For parents who need immediate assistance dealing with an out of control teen, Zion Educational Services specializes in educating parents about different youth programs for troubled teens such as different types of private boarding schools, boot camps, Christian schools, therapy programs and many other youth facilities for both boys and girls. ZES provides you with the information to place your troubled boy or girl in the perfect treatment center that can meet their needs. If you have any questions or concerns contact ZES, (Zion Educational Services) to immediately to talk to a child education specialist at 866-439-8112.