Is It Possible To Develop A Drinking Problem At A Young Age?

Published: May 22, 2020
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Is it even possible to get a drinking problem when you are young? Doesn’t it only happen to people my parents age?
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Dear Is It Possible To Develop A Drinking Problem Age At A Young Age?,

Alcohol is addicting. Therefore, it is possible to develop a drinking problem no matter how young or old you are.  Unfortunately, many teenagers believe that because they are young, they are not at risk for developing an addiction to any drug-including alcohol. This is a huge misconception and puts so many teens and young adults at risk.

The CDC explains that by 12th grade, over 80% of teens have tried alcohol at least once and it is the most commonly abused drug.   In addition, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism explains that not only are teens at risk for developing a drinking problem, but also permanently damaging their brain, engaging is dangerous behaviors, and even death.

If you or someone you know may be worried, they have an alcohol or drug abuse problem, the first step is to talk to a parent, guardian, or other trusted adult. You can also reach out to a teacher, school counselor, or school nurse for additional support. In addition, TeenhealthFX also has a resource page that lists various hotlines and links that may be helpful.  


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