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.”
Oral cancer is a general term used to describe cancerous tissue located in the lips, gums, mouth floor, cheek linings, tongue, or in the soft or hard palate in the roof of the mouth. In many cases, cancers in these tissues belong to a group of cancers known as squamous cell carcinomas; these carcinomas spread relatively quickly and can produce serious health repercussions far beyond the mouth and its structures. Most people know that smoking and the use of other tobacco products seriously increase risks for the onset of oral cancer. However, a clear majority of people with cancers of the mouth also drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
Binge drinking is associated with many adverse health outcomes. Binge drinkers are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors and be involved in an assault or vehicular crash. They may also increase their risk for cancer and liver disease.
Stress is the common term for the body’s natural physical and mental reaction to perceived threats or dangers. While virtually all adults and teenagers (and most younger children) experience relatively minor forms of stress as part of everyday life, some people are also exposed to more traumatic forms of stress, either during childhood or adulthood. Current evidence indicates that people who start consuming alcohol at a relatively early age frequently come to rely on drinking to cope with the effects of trauma-induced stress. This reliance commonly results in potentially dangerous heavy alcohol consumption during stressful life events.
Binge drinking is the term for a pattern of alcohol use that produces drunkenness within a single two-hour drinking session. People who participate in this type of drinking do not necessarily have a physical dependence on alcohol; nevertheless, binge drinkers significantly increase their health risks in a variety of ways, even when their overall alcohol consumption is not any higher than people who space their drinking out over a larger span of time. In terms of heart disease and cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) health, binge drinking creates increased risks for serious and potentially fatal problems such as heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, and a heart muscle weakness called alcoholic cardiomyopathy.