Study Shows Alcohol Abuse Larger Problem For Teens
A US government study from 2012 to 2016 shows that slightly more than half of teens drink underage, and one in five have taken part in binge drinking.
In teenagers, drinking alcohol is something that they feel will make them feel good about themselves and mature. It sounds appealing to them.
There is something we call natural curiosity about alcohol as an intoxicant. So, teenagers experiment with many things; dress, hairstyles, and the use of alcohol becomes another thing to experiment with!
Studies show that teenagers who are given alcohol by their parents are three times more likely to be heavy drinkers in their late teens than those from families which do not supply alcohol. According to WHO report released in October 2018 also shows that alcohol consumption in Kenya has become alarmingly routine among minors.
Use of illicit brews commonly referred to as “chang’aa” or “kumi kumi” remained predictably high, at 37 per cent of all the alcohol consumed.
Some people will not take alcohol due to religious issues, teetotalers CNS depressants, past experiences from family members or relatives and many other reasons.
Consequences of Alcohol.
One of the biggest misconceptions about alcoholism or alcohol abuse is that someone will say they are only hurting themselves when this is completely wrong.
Alcohol abuse hurts the people close to you because it dominates your thoughts and actions, occupies your time, money and attention e.g. spending the house payment/rent. In short, here are the consequences:
- Separation and divorce.
- Laboured i.e. women carried their drunk husbands home.
- Impaired judgement.
- Children drop out of school.
- Contraindicated in pregnancy i.e. low birth weight children, stunted growth, abnormal brain development.
- Injuries i.e. falling in ditches.
- Accident i.e. road accident.
- Domestic violence.
- Loss of sobs.
- Health problems like liver cirrhosis, pneumonia, peptic cancer.
- Low dignity in the society.
- Malnutrition – due to poor eating habits.
- Absenteeism at the place of work – It lowers company production.
- Criminal activities.
- Slurred speech.
- Memory lapse which results to poor treatment as well as loss of income.
Here, we talk about the alcohol leaving the system after you drink it. Obviously, it gets to the stomach hence, absorbed and then circulated throughout the body, through the blood system.
Eventually, it gets to your kidneys, liver and then processed out through your urine.
At that point, the alcohol is leaving your system. That’s when you are going to experience the withdrawal symptoms!
The more alcohol you are drinking the more severe the withdrawal symptoms become because the body is struggling to process the alcohol. They are several and they include:
- Anorexia (occurs a few hours of alcohol withdrawal)
- Breathing difficulties
- Vivid nightmare
- Illusions, confusion.
- Elevated pulse rate.
- Grand mal seizures.
Problems Faced By Users.
From a physical point of view, users of alcohol can damage their liver, pancreas, increase their good pressure which in turn puts a greater risk of heart attack and stroke.
Emotionally, it increases the risk of us being depressed. Actually, alcohol is a depressant! So, if you are suffering from depression then alcohol is likely to make your symptoms worse.
Let’s not forget that too much alcohol can affect your social life. Issues like stigma, social misfit, sharing of syringes, beating by wives/relatives e.t.c.
Pauline Kairu. (2018). Four of every 100 deaths in Kenya linked to alcohol use. Retrieved from https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Every-four-of-100-deaths-in-Kenya-linked-to-alcohol-use/1056-4796096-12fbmm5/index.html
Hezron Mogambi. (2018). Lessons learned from alcoholism and addiction among Kenyan youth. Retrieved from https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001287816/lessons-learned-from-alcoholism-and-addiction-among-kenyan-youth