The best way to solve a problem is to get to its root and aim to prevent its onset. Alcohol Use Disorders (AUDs) have been a plague on society for quite some time, with adolescents proving to be a much-affected group. A 2013 survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration revealed that approximately 700,000 adolescents – aged 12 to 17 – fell prey to alcohol abuse.
Aside from being young and impressionable, children diagnosed with symptoms of social phobia from age 11 were seen to be more at risk for developing alcoholism. A five-year longitudinal study confirmed this theory by following 277 children split evenly between males and females from the age 11. Their placement on the social phobia scale was determined by administering various tests such as the Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale.
Underage drinking can lead to a myriad of social problems such as truancy and sexual promiscuity. Knowing some of the risk factors may just help prevent someone you love or yourself from sliding down the slippery slope of alcohol addiction. Take heed.Back to Blog