Most of us are aware that alcohol use can impact our health and well-being in many ways, but drinking when young can have a very different effect than drinking as an adult, and findings suggest that drinking in your teenage years can actually impact your behaviour as an adult.
Researchers have found that teens who drink excessively when young seem to be more likely to make poor decisions when they are older (Web MD, 2009), and this could relate to a variety of different areas, including risky sexual activity or drug use.
The reasons for this are not entirely clear, but it could be related to damage caused by excessive drinking, or may be as a result of psychological changes brought about by drinking. However it does appear that whatever the reason, those who abuse alcohol while young put themselves at much higher risk of further problem in later life.
For those who do fall into the trap of alcohol abuse, in addition to the risks they may face in adulthood, they are also putting their health at risk while they are young, and in order to help young people who abuse alcohol they may need access to youth alcohol programs and receive support to help encourage them to curb their drinking before it spirals out of control.
With the support of loved ones and trained professionals young people do not have to be entrapped by alcoholism, and the sooner they take steps to tackle their drinking habits, the better their chances of learning to control their behaviour, both in the present and in the future.
Web MD. (2009). Teen drinking tied to bad choices as an adult. Sourced from: http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/alcohol-abuse/news/20090921/teen-drinking-tied-to-bad-choices-as-adult