It’s no secret that alcohol abuse is common amongst adolescents. What is surprising is that this group often gets overlooked by physicians when it comes to identifying and treating underage and problematic drinking.
A new study covered in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) article unveiled that only a little more than half of the 80 percent of high school sophomores surveyed who had recently seen their doctor said there had a been a discussion surrounding alcohol.
Treatment for alcoholism largely depends on strategies focused on in therapy, with some physicians working with patients to try a medication in addition to therapy. The use of medication has had mixed results, but experts hope that in the future there will be more options for treating alcohol addiction with the assistance of medication.
Researchers and clinicians use the Rutgers Alcohol Problem Index (RAPI) to assess adolescent drinking-related problems for years. A new study of RAPI confirmed that it is an effective screening assessment, and it may also be able to predict alcohol diagnoses up to seven years later.
As the school year quickly gets underway and students slowly ease out of summer and get back into the grind of late-night study sessions, it is becoming more obvious that books are not the only subject on the brain. Social life often takes precedent, which often involves college parties. With alcohol flowing seemingly as freely as water, remaining sober in a college environment is challenging. Although college partying may seem harmless, excessive drinking is always accompanied by trouble.