Excessive alcohol consumption remains a problem among adolescents ;
Drinking is a common occurrence among adolescents. Where teen parties, meetings, delusions, and meetings, there is sure to be the alcohol. However, a major problem when it comes to teenagers is alcohol and binge drinking.
binge drinking is defined as consuming an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines binge drinking as a pattern of consumption that poses one of the blood alcohol levels of 0.08. This level usually occurs after 4 drinks for women and after 5 drinks for men in about two hours. In the US, a drink is considered 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1 ½ ounces of hard liquor such as gin or whiskey. Each of these ratios provides approximately 12 to 14 grams of alcohol.
The problem of teen drinking binge is becoming so serious among adolescents the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging parents and doctors to discuss the dangers of alcohol with teenagers. The Academy notes that excessive alcohol consumption is associated with some of the leading causes of death and serious injury among adolescents. These include traffic accidents, homicides and suicides. The Academy reported that 21% of adolescents have had more than a small taste of alcohol at the time they are 13 years of age, and 79% of adolescents have had a taste of alcohol at the time they reach 12 ap degree. Moreover, 28% and 60% of high school students indicate that binge drinking while 72% of 18-20 years old who drink heavily reported.
This type of alcohol can lead to serious dangers, as already discussed. Besides teenagers are prone to accidents, suicide and homicide, excessive drinking can lead to serious health risks. For example, alcohol can affect the stomach, brain, heart, gallbladder and liver. It affects the contents of the bloodstream and affects mood, concentration, and coordination. With excessive consumption of alcohol, each affected severely. In fact, one of the most common diseases of alcoholism is liver disease such as hepatitis or cirrhosis.
More importantly, recent studies have shown that alcohol consumption during adolescence can interfere with important aspects of brain development that can lead to disorders of deterioration and abuse of cognitive substances later in life. If parents and carers want to support their teens in this area, experts suggest you start talking to children about the dangers of alcohol when they are already at 9 years old. If a child is already a teenager, parents and caregivers can provide boundaries around drinking. For example, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse, males should avoid drinking no more than 4 drinks in a day or no more than 14 drinks per week. Women should avoid consuming no more than 3 drinks in a day or more than 7 drinks per week.
Ideally, parents and caregivers would encourage abstinence so that alcohol abuse and associated risks are avoided altogether.
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