Some of the reasons why teens drink are listed below:
- To relax and feel better.
- To escape from problems.
- To gain peer acceptance and fit into a group.
Features of Alcohol
- It is a Drug: Its effects range from a feeling of well being after one or two drinks, to drunkenness which is the acute effect of drinking too much.
- It is a Depressant: In small quantities it depresses that part of the brain which controls inhibitions, thus relaxing the drinkers mental state. When the blood alcohol concentration is high, other areas of the central nervous system feel depressed which results in sensory problems.
- Short Term: These appear rapidly after small or large doses and disappear within a few hours. the most predominant short term effect of alcohol is that it temporarily alters normal inhibition, it also helps in lessening painful feelings of anxiety , worry, tension, hopelessness and anger.
- Long Term: When alcohol is repeatedly taken in large doses over a long period of time, it proves to be disastrous to both, the length and quality of life causing severe physical damages like gastritis, ulcers, cardiomyopahy and pamerathytis which can affect the heart, liver and brain. Finally a state of physical and psychological dependence is reached.
- Creating a relationship that is trusting and open.
- Understanding the problem.
- Being firm yet supportive.
- Not blaming him or her.
- Not even blaming themselves.
- Never losing hope and keep trying.