a.Alcoholism is a chronic disease in which someone becomes dependent on alcohol, in teenagers it’s different than alcohol abuse. 1). Some teens will only drink occasionally and will be able to control their drinking. 2). For some, alcohol can be very addictive.
i. According to NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), "40% of those who start drinking before the age of 15 meet criteria for alcohol dependence at some point in their lives." ii. For those teens that become addicted, it is a battle they will have to face for the rest of their lives. 2. Alcohol is the number one abused substance by teenagers in the United States. a.It's prevalence in this age group is quite staggering.
b.According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse - Columbia University, "underage drinkers account for 11.4% of all the alcohol consumed in the United States."
3. Alcoholism involves the following:
a.Excessive consumption - drinking to the extent where it impairs both physical and mental functions b.Physical dependence - Despite having negative effects on their...