Once teenagers reach adulthood and enter the college sphere, the problems of high school drama begin to fade, while the real dangers only start to take root. Once young men and women enter the halls of university dorms, they are immediately stepping into the scope of temptation, as people attempt to pressure them to drink (sometimes with great success). While most college students can down a few beers and easily overcome their habits (perhaps due to a distaste for booze, in general), other men and women are not so lucky and can fall victim to alcohol abuse. Even more disheartening, the percentage of college-age students who binge drink has not changed over the past couple of years (although it hasn’t gotten worse). Let’s take a closer look at college “problem drinkers.”
Check out Early Drinking
During a recent study, researchers assessed a group of 1,160 freshmen (394 males and 776 females) throughout their four years of college work. As part of the experiment, Meghan Morean and her team discovered that students who developed “problem drinking” at school either started drinking at a relatively young age or suffered from a drunken state at a young age. Ultimately, this study reinforces past research indicating that early drinking contributes to alcohol use disorders later in life.
What Is the Biggest Risk?
In a news report, Morean revealed that the transition from first drink to alcohol consumption and the finalization of intoxication is a huge indicator for future alcohol abuse. Based on this information, 15-year olds who start drinking booze are putting themselves at a higher risk than people who start to drink in their 20s. Unfortunately, researchers have confirmed that students start drinking booze between 14 and 15 years of age, on average. Obviously, additional factors like an abusive home environment and a family history of alcohol use disorder can also contribute to the high risk of “problem drinking.”
Keep this in mind. As parents, if you teach your kids about the dangers of alcohol at an early age, you are decreasing their chances of developing problems later in life.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism
Always remember that alcohol does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your alcohol abuse or addiction troubles today.