The effects of alcohol abuse are intensified in teens and young adults, whose brains and bodies are still developing. Short-term signs of underage drinking include:
It’s important to realize that abusing alcohol—even one time—can be deadly. For example, nearly 10% of all teenage drinkers binge drink (four or more drinks in a row for women and five or more drinks in a row for men.) Binge drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning, drunk driving and homicide, among other unfortunate fatalities.
Chronic underage drinking is associated with the following:
Parental intervention is critical for preventing and treating underage drinking. For facts and figures on underage drinking, visit our stats page. If you’re seeking professional help for your child, please explore Caron’s programs for teens or contact us today.