11 Facts About Teens and Alcohol

1. In 2012, nearly 3/4 of students (72%) have consumed alcohol (more than just a few sips) by the end of high school, and more than 1/3 (37%) have done so by 8th grade.

2. According to a study by Columbia University, underage drinkers account for 11.4% of all of the alcohol consumed in the U.S.

3. The average age teen boys first try alcohol is age 11, for teen girls it’s 13.

4. Nearly 10 million young people, ages 12 to 20, reported that they’ve consumed alcohol in the past 30 days.

5. Teens who start drinking before age 15 years are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after the legal age of 21.

6. In 2010, there were approximately 189,000 emergency rooms visits by teens under age 21 for injuries and other conditions linked to alcohol.

7. Teens who drink heavily are three times more likely to try and hurt themselves (self-harm, attempt suicide etc.) than those who don’t.

8. 9 out of 10 American teens report that drinking is not worth the consequences it can cause.

9. The 3 leading causes of death for 15 to 24-year-olds are automobile crashes, homicides and suicides – alcohol is a leading factor in all 3.

10. In 2010, 56% of drivers aged 15 to 20 who were killed in motor vehicle crashes after drinking and driving were not wearing a seat belt.

11. The rate of current alcohol consumption increases with age, according to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, from 2% at age 12 to 21% at age 16, and 55% at age 20.

Sources

CDC

The Century Council

SADD

National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse

Using Self Discipline To Say No

Self-discipline is very important if you want to win your battle against your addiction. It is probably one of the most important skills you will have to learn and the truth is that it will not be possible to stay off the drugs if you do not have self-discipline. Keep in mind, even with self-discipline it will be difficult to win your battle but without it success will be impossible.

You need to build the inner strength that will motivate you along your journey to a drug free and healthier life.

If you are a person who has decided to try to beat their addiction on their own it is especially important that to build your self-discipline level and that you are prepared for the temptations that are sure to come your way. Life is going to test you and you need to make sure that you are prepared for the tests.

You can strengthen your self-discipline every day of your life. It is one of those one step at a time type things. Try changing just one decision you make in your daily life and as the days go on you will notice that it becomes easier and easier.

You need to think over things entirely before you make decisions and you need to make sure that you are making decisions that are beneficial to your recovery and do not put you at risk.

It may be hard at times but that is where self-discipline comes in. Self- discipline gives you the power to just say no, even if you are extremely tempted by drugs and feel like giving in.

You probably already have good self-discipline skills or at least did at one point and just applied it to other areas of your life. A couple examples may be work or school.

Think about all those mornings you wanted to go back to bed but got up and did what you needed to do. That is a perfect example of self-discipline. Now you just need to take that skill and apply it towards your addiction. Remember that it will be hard but it will definitely get easier over time.

Also keep in mind, you may have setbacks but it is important to get back on track. Do not let one slip up destroy your motivation for change. It is possible and you can do it, it just takes self-discipline!

Alcohol Poisoning

What Happens to Your Body When You Get Alcohol Poisoning?

Alcohol depresses nerves that control involuntary actions such as breathing and the gag reflex (which prevents choking). A fatal dose of alcohol will eventually stop these functions.

It is common for someone who drank excessive alcohol to vomit since alcohol is an irritant to the stomach. There is then the danger of choking on vomit, which could cause death by asphyxiation in a person who is not conscious because of intoxication.

You should also know that a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) can continue to rise even while he or she is passed out. Even after a person stops drinking, alcohol in the stomach and intestine continues to enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body. It is dangerous to assume the person will be fine by sleeping it off.

Critical Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning:

Mental confusion, stupor, coma, or person cannot be roused.
Vomiting.
Seizures.
Slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute).
Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths).
Hypothermia (low body temperature), bluish skin color, paleness.

What Should I Do If I Suspect Someone Has Alcohol Poisoning?

Know the danger signals.
Do not wait for all symptoms to be present.
Be aware that a person who has passed out may die.
If there is any suspicion of an alcohol overdose, call 911 for help. Don’t try to guess the level of drunkenness.

What Can Happen to Someone With Alcohol Poisoning That Goes Untreated?

Victim chokes on his or her own vomit.
Breathing slows, becomes irregular, or stops.
Heart beats irregularly or stops.
Hypothermia (low body temperature).
Hypoglycemia (too little blood sugar) leads to seizures.
Untreated severe dehydration from vomiting can cause seizures, permanent brain damage, or death.

Even if the victim lives, an alcohol overdose can lead to irreversible brain damage. Rapid binge drinking (which often happens on a bet or a dare) is especially dangerous because the victim can ingest a fatal dose before becoming unconscious.

Don’t be afraid to seek medical help for a friend who has had too much to drink. Don’t worry that your friend may become angry or embarrassed-remember, you cared enough to help. Always be safe, not sorry.

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