Recreational Alcohol Abuse among 18-25 Year Olds

Americans in all age groups widely abuse alcohol, partially because the substance is legal and also because many people do not consider it a drug. Alcohol is socially acceptable, is used openly in many social settings, is sold in many places and is advertised in the media. However, the fact is that alcohol is a drug, and a very hard drug at that. Get help today if you abuse alcohol and need to quit drinking as soon as possible.

Why People Abuse Alcohol

Perhaps because of alcohol’s legal and socially acceptable status, alcohol use has been a rite of passage for many young people. After all, people growing up in the US regularly see adults drinking in many settings: at parties, family gatherings, sporting events, weddings, ceremonies and celebrations. People perceive alcohol abuse as a grown-up activity, and consequently young people see it as a way to assert their independence and feel grown up.

This may be part of the reason that drinking is so prevalent on college campuses. Young people are away from home, often for the first time, and are inclined to party. They are surrounded by other young people who also want to party, so they encourage each other to drink and often to excess. This is especially true among Greek societies on campus, many of which host parties at which the primary activity is drinking. Drinking at parties typically means binge drinking which can reach dangerous levels. Fatal alcohol poisoning is somewhat common, and extremely inebriated young people become prone to accidental injury and death.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism offers the following statistics regarding binge drinking among young adults:

  • Binge drinking is common among college students
  • Binge drinking is most common in the 18-20 year old age group
  • 90% of the alcohol consumed by people under 21 is consumed during binge drinking episodes

This is an overwhelming problem that young people must address.

Behavioral Therapy for Young People who Abuse Alcohol

Alcohol is highly addictive and can produce strong physical dependence. The good news for 18-25 year olds is that many have not been drinking long enough to become physically dependent. In most cases a young person who abuses alcohol is not an alcoholic, and she most likely drinks due to being near others who drink. There may also be emotional or psychological factors that also contribute to drinking.

What this means in terms of treatment is that young alcoholics do not need medical detox and will respond well to therapy. Alcoholics must seek counseling that addresses the behavioral aspects of alcohol abuse, as well as any emotional or psychological issues. Interventions are beneficial, especially if there are more serious behavioral issues involved, such as multiple drug use or problems with the law.

Treatment for Alcohol Abuse

If you would like to discuss the intervention and treatment options for young alcoholics, then please call our toll-free helpline today. Our professional counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer all your questions and to help you find the best treatment solutions for your unique needs.

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