Did you know that people who start drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol abuse and dependence than people who start after age 21?
Do you have a teen at home that you suspect is drinking and partying on the weekends?
Are you worried that their habit might be getting out of control, but you don’t know how to broach the subject?
According to Psychology Today, “The teen brain craves new experiences. It is wired to be impulsive. For most people, this is a transitional period – you are impulsive in your youth and then learn moderation as you age.”
Allowing drugs and alcohol to influence you at a young age can have long lasting effects. Here are 5 reasons why substance abuse is especially dangerous for young people:
- Damage to the developing brain
- Risk of addiction
- Long-term health risk
- Behavioral health risk
- Social development
If you’re concerned your teen might be struggling with a substance abuse issue, or just want to get more educated about how your teen can make better choices, contact us today!
We want to help your child make better, more educated choices, and feel comfortable seeking the help they need if they have a problem. At Gratiot Psychological Services, our team of experts are friendly and trustworthy and will make you and your family feel right at home.