5 effects of abusing alcohol

The effects of abusing alcohol include:

  • A significantly reduced ability to concentrate and commit things to memory. Of course, this can have a devastating impact on their studies.
  • Getting involved with crime or becoming violent. Alcohol lowers inhibitions and the ability to make sound judgement, so teens are more likely to participate in dangerous and criminal situations, like car accidents and theft.
  • Aggravating thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Despite trying to use alcohol to escape their depressive episodes, it can exacerbate impulsive behaviour.
  • Perpetrating sexual assault. Alcohol abuse can make someone significantly more aggressive and impulsive and make them feel entitled to another’s body.
  • Making a teenager want to experiment with other harmful, illegal substances.
  • Increasing chances of sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancy because alcohol abuse can lead to high-risk sexual behaviour.

I wasn’t aware of this.  I need to talk to my child, but are there any signs of alcoholism I can look out for?

While teenagers certainly act erratically and become moody from time to time (remember, they have a lot to figure out), there are some red flags- especially if more than one happens often- that should prompt you to intervene:

As a parent, you should look out for:

  • Regular mood swings or angry outbursts
  • A drop in school attendance and test results
  • A dismissive and apathetic attitude
  • Leaving the house and staying out very late
  • Switching friendship groups often or hanging out with much older people.
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