Some people are fairly susceptible to the effects of alcohol and experience them even when they drink small amounts. Conversely, others have a relative lack of alcohol susceptibility and can drink fairly large amounts before they experience any appreciable effects. In a report published in June 2014 in NIAAA Spectrum, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism explains the dangers associated with having a high alcohol threshold. Chief among these dangers is an increased chance of developing diagnosable symptoms of alcohol abuse and/or alcoholism (both included as indications of a condition called alcohol use disorder).
Binge drinking is associated with a number of risks. Immediate potential consequences of consuming a large amount of alcohol include an increased likelihood of sustaining an injury, involvement in assault and risky sexual behaviors. These risks can have lasting impact, such as disability from an injury or an unplanned pregnancy.
Dementia, which is a grouping of symptoms rather than a disease itself, is devastating for those who develop it and for the loved ones who must watch a person deteriorate as a result. The most common cause of the dementia symptoms is Alzheimer’s disease, but there are many other contributing factors. Recent research has pinpointed yet one more: teenage drinking.
A recent study of four-year college students found that those who frequently binged had significantly lower capacity for critical thinking.
From the time a person first enters adolescence up until their middle 20s, their brain undergoes an inconsistent pattern of formation and development. Understanding the way in which the teen brain develops can help gain insight into why teens behave as they do and what unique dangers they face if they choose to use substances like drugs or alcohol.
A vicious cycle is defined as a sequence of events where the response to one issue creates a new problem that aggravates the original matter. One study examined how this kind of cycle controls the drinking behaviors of teenage boys.
The craziness of youth may cost teens more than they bargain for, and for a longer time.
When teens use substances like tobacco and alcohol, they increase their risk for immediate and long-term negative consequences. Teens who drink can increase their risk for injury and dangerous sexual behaviors in the short term, and can increase the likelihood that they will develop liver disease and cancer in the long term.
Noss, Monster, and Red Bull, are just a few of the energy drinks currently favored by teens. Though some advertising of energy drinks is directed toward older consumers, much of it focuses on more youthful buyers. The drinks are so popular among teens that some estimate that as many as one half of all teenagers are drinking them. Unfortunately, the drinks are particularly unhealthy for teens and young adults, especially when they are combined with alcohol.
Most college graduates lament about days or nights or both when they soaked their brains in alcohol, some with regret and others with a sense of nostalgia for the “good old days.”