The effects of alcohol include depression in young men.As far back as history documents, underage drinking has been a common and popular activity. When done so in small doses, it doesn’t usually present too large of a problem. The issue, however, is that most underage drinkers engage in risky binge drinking that can lead to damaging consequences of both the psychological and physical nature. The effects of alcohol have the potential to ruin a young person’s life before it even gets started, particularly if alcohol use goes unchecked into adulthood. Fortunately, learning more about underage drinking and the possible risks could help you or someone you love.

Effects of Alcohol on Our Youth

Before you push this article to the side and tell yourself that underage drinking is nothing to concern yourself with, you should know that adolescents who engage in underage drinking are extremely more likely to abuse other drugs at some point in their lives. In fact, youngsters who drink alcohol are 7.5 times more likely to abuse another drug and an astonishing 50 times more likely to abuse cocaine compared to youth who do not engage in underage drinking. Clearly, the effects of alcohol can be quite devastating on young people.

The danger does not end at possible drug use. There are plenty of other reasons to be concerned about underage alcohol consumption.

  • Increased Risk of Death. Between the years of 2006 and 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded that underage drinking accounted for the deaths of approximately 4,358 young people ages 21 years or younger. This includes deaths as a result of automobile accidents, homicides, suicides, and accidents like alcohol poisoning, falls, burns, and drowning directly linked to alcohol use.
  • Poor Judgement. Alcohol leads to poor judgement for people in every age group, but this is especially true among our youth. Alcohol consumption leads to risky behaviors like unprotected sex, driving a motor vehicle while impaired, and engaging in behavior that is considered aggressive or violent.
  • Increased Risk of Sexual or Physical Assault. Being intoxicated puts users at increased risk of falling victim to vulnerable situations such as physical and/or sexual assaults.

Other effects of alcohol on youth include:

  • Failing school grades
  • Problems with family members, teachers, and peers
  • Legal troubles related to drinking
  • Impaired brain development

What Can Be Done?

If you are a young person in need of help or the parent of an adolescent who is struggling with alcohol abuse, Beaches Recovery in Jacksonville, Florida, is a safe haven where you can receive the help you need. Recovery from addiction requires a lot of hard work and dedication, and our team of medical professionals are eager to teach you how to replace your toxic behaviors with more healthy, therapeutic, and positive ones. Learning these valuable life skills will help arm you for life outside of rehab, once treatment has ended.

Our premier private addiction center uses the most advanced treatment techniques available, including a combination of counseling therapies. Helping individuals get back on their feet and regain their independence, control, and self-confidence is what we strive for.

We do not offer detox onsite, but our partner facility can provide you with medically-managed detox before you enter into one of our drug or alcohol programs. You won’t have to be alone during any part of the recovery process.

We offer:

  • Inpatient drug and alcohol treatment for alcohol, cocaine, meth, heroin, and opiate prescription medications
  • Outpatient (but intense) drug and alcohol program
  • Structured program that is designed based on your personal history with addiction
  • Therapy – individual, group, and family therapies are all offered
  • Primary Care
  • Extended Care
  • Transitional Living
  • Family Residential
  • Sober Living

Get Help for Underage Drinking Now

The dangerous effects of alcohol on our youth lead many to seek help. Foolish denial makes addiction worse. Don’t put off calling for help. Effects of alcohol have the power to destroy lives, but with the help of our professionals at Beaches Recovery in Jacksonville, Florida, you don’t have to worry about impending tragedy. You can attain successful sober living. We will help put your loved one, or you, on the road to life-lasting results, starting with alcohol detox at our partner facility. Call us today at 866-605-0532 to learn more about the programs we offer at our 30-bed, JCAHO-accredited facility.