Teenage Alcoholism

Teenage alcoholism lends toward a future of lifetime alcoholism.  Teens develop their modus operandi during these years that establishes how they will handle most every situation as their life advances.  They are tough years, the memories of which last a lifetime as they learn lifetime lessons.  They are life saving years where one learns what not to do, as well as what to do. 

Going through this time intoxicated robs a teenager of what they had to go through to be the mature adult they are supposed to become.   If teenage alcoholism has a teenager drunk during these times, they will not have learned how to handle these given situations sober.  This gives alcohol a value to the teenager.  They decide early on that being drunk is a solution to having to face adversity or confront depression, sadness, and even sexual inhibitions.

The base of teenage alcoholism is the process of the teenager assigning a value to alcohol.  The first value a teen usually assigns alcohol is that it keeps them from being bored.  If bored, drink alcohol and then you won’t be bored anymore.  Therefore, whenever board, drink alcohol.  The problem is, aside from not being board anymore, they can find other value to put on alcohol.  Now the teen finds that they are not intimidated when drunk.  They are not depressed when drunk.  They are not afraid to have sex when drunk.  They don’t have moral dilemmas when drunk.  They can confront others when drunk.  They can interact socially without insecurity when drunk.  They are never anxious when drunk.  Now alcohol is the solution to all these things!  Now alcohol is very valuable to the teenager.  Now the teen is dependent on alcohol.  Now the young adult has fallen victim to teenage alcoholism.

Now comes another problem with teenage alcoholism.  The teenager will eventually become bored with alcohol.  The teen culture and then college culture, of acceptable excessive drinking grows old.  Sadly, in a circle of alcohol there is a communication line with the circles of drugs.  Marijuana now becomes a new replacement to take care of all the things alcohol took care of.  Then cocaine, pain pills and heroin, then crystal meth, etc., become via to handle life. Because at a young age this young adult became dependent on alcohol, they now only know chemical dependency as a means to cope and function.  Because the young adult missed out on sober life skills because of teenage alcoholism, their ability to stick up for themselves, have a social life, experience empowerment, express themselves sexually, be happy, be content, and be entertained all become dependent on alcohol and drugs.

Teenage alcoholism therefore doesn’t need to rely on a drunk driving accident, a rape, hypothermia, or violent altercation to destroy a life.  It slowly robs a teenager of his or her happiness by disarming them at an early stage of the ammunition of experiences they were to endure to develop the strong and happy people they were supposed to be.