Substance Abuse BLOG

Young adults are prone to try alcohol or drugs. The lack of knowledge and information about illicit substances is one of the reasons why teens tend to abuse them. Some have a higher-risk of getting addicted to these substances and it is hard to determine which ones are prone to addiction.

Alcohol abuse among young adults (10-24 years old) is a problem for every State, community, and family. It brings harmful effects to those who are suffering from it. Here are some of the facts about alcohol abuse among young adults:
    • Alcohol is the most used drug by youth. It is taken more than tobacco, marijuana, or any other illicit drug.
    • Alcohol abuse can have immediate and potentially tragic consequences and long-term harmful consequences such as chronic alcohol addiction.
    • Vehicular crashes, suicides, homicides, and other unintentional injuries are among the leading causes of death among young adults due to alcohol use.
Strategies to Reduce Alcohol Use and Abuse

There are many ways to reduce alcohol use among young adults but the best way is to start with preventive approaches. The school is a great place to learn about the harmful risks of alcohol use. School-based programs can engage students’ interest in spreading awareness about the substance.

Other than the school, there are two more strategies that can be done to reduce alcohol use:

Extracurricular Strategies – encouraging young adults to join extracurricular activities like sports, camps, mentoring, recreation, and drop-in centers help reduce alcohol use. According to research, involvements in such programs help develop better life skills and communication skills. It also decreases involvement in drug use and crime.

Family Strategies – family involvement is important in alcohol prevention. Sometimes, parents are too busy working and have little time to spend with their kids. The time when they are least supervised may cause them to try and experiment on alcohol, which can lead to abuse. Close parent-child relationships are important because it maintains listening and communication skills between the two. This makes it easier to talk about problems or when teaching young adults about alcohol use, they will be more open about it. Having close family ties makes it easier to discipline and impose rules with young adults.

Although there are other strategies to reduce alcohol abuse, these two approaches involve building closer relationships between parents and kids. Parents may love sports, music or art and they can encourage their kids to do the same and share interests, something for the family to bond after school and work. It is important for young adults to feel they have support in what they do so they keep doing what is right rather than resorting to drinking alcohol.