Adolescent Alcohol Abuse

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Alcoholism is a disease on the rise in adolescents. Alcohol abuse is characterized by excessive and continuous drinking despite negative health, social and legal consequences. The craving that an alcoholic feels can be as strong as the need for food and water. It feels like a necessity. Long-term heavy drinking can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, liver damage, brain damage and birth defects. It also increases the risk of death from car accidents, homicide and suicide (18% of alcoholics commit suicide).

At Atlantic Shores Hospital, we understand that alcoholism can be tiring, and we want to help. Here’s what you need to know about alcohol addiction:

What are the signs of Alcohol Addiction

  • Drink to calm your nerves and forget your worries
  • Lie about and try to hide drinking habits
  • Have medical, social, or financial troubles caused by drinking
  • Failure to fulfill major work, school, or home responsibilities because of drinking
  • Drinking in situations that are physically dangerous, such as while driving a car
  • Recurring alcohol related legal problems (i.e. DUI, Hurting someone while drinking)
  • Experiencing signs and symptoms of withdrawal when not drinking

 

What are the signs of Alcohol withdrawal

  • Shakiness
  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Delirium tremors
  • Auditory and visual hallucinations
  • Fever
  • Convulsions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Decreased appetite
  • Life threatening seizures
  • Heart failure

 

Withdrawal from alcohol can cause severe and fatal symptoms including heart failure and seizures. Therefore, alcohol use should not be stopped all at once. Instead, it should be reduced slowly in a medically supervised environment to ensure patient safety.

Atlantic Shores Hospital is licensed and accredited by the following:
  • “The Joint Commission” or TJC
  • State of Florida
  • Department of Children & Families
  • 12-Step Licensed Chemical Dependency Program

 


 

For more information about our treatment programs, call 954-771-2711 or
toll free 888-771-2711 or click here.

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