The Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) has released a report that shows that parents in Maine are not fully aware of how often their adolescent children are experimenting with alcohol, but that they are more aware than they used to be. It’s a phenomenon that translates to all parents in all states.
I received the panicked phone call from my mother early in June: my sister’s 20-year-old daughter had just returned home from her sophomore year at college and a crisis had erupted. In addition to having gained more than 50 pounds, Layla was not acting like herself; she was sleeping all day, irritable and uncooperative. Because I worked for decades as a psychotherapist with a specialty in children and families, Mom asked me for help.
Young adults are known for their relatively high level of involvement in alcohol consumption. However, not all young adults drink; in addition, not all young adults who do drink consume alcohol in risky or dangerous ways. In a study scheduled for publication in August 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from five British institutions sought to determine if young adults who consume alcohol have different personality traits than young adults who don’t drink. These researchers also sought to determine if personality traits differ between young adult drinkers who participate in dangerous patterns of intake and young adult drinkers who don’t drink in risky ways.
In today’s society, teenagers of all ages are regularly exposed to media messages that directly or indirectly promote cigarettes and alcohol. In turn, exposure to such a barrage of messages can potentially lead to the early onset of smoking or alcohol use. According to the results of a study published in December 2013 in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, researchers can accurately track the amount of exposure that a teenager has to alcohol- and smoking-related media. The method used for this tracking is called ecological momentary assessment (EMA).
When a student enters college, they are faced with a new level of independence. Often included in their experiences as a freshman are opportunities to consume alcohol at parties. Many individuals drink during their college years and then go on to taper off consumption as they begin a career and a family.
Under pressure. It’s a daily reality for thousands of college-aged students across the U.S., and experts fear they’re not gaining the stress-coping skills they need once they leave college and enter the working world.
You should know better. Actually, you do know better, but somewhere between when you started partying with your pals and where you wind up at the end of the night, all of what you knew – or thought you knew – about mixing alcohol and substances went right down the drain with the ice cubes. Talk about a rude awakening. The trouble is this kind of risky behavior can have a deadly result. It’s time to listen up. There are lethal combos out there and mixing these substances can kill.
College years are hailed as the time of a person’s life, representing the escape from parental control, the freedom to do what you want when you want, and the years where you can still get away with acting a little immature before full-blown adulthood sets in. Unfortunately, with this newfound freedom, college freshmen often end up endangering themselves with underage drinking.
The legal drinking age is an ongoing debate as proponents of lowering the age continue to argue for its benefits. According to a new University of Georgia study, lowering the drinking age offers additional risks that may not have been considered before. In a recent Science Daily release, the results of this study suggest that lowering the drinking age increases unplanned pregnancies and pre-term births among young people.