Despite the legal drinking age being 21 within the United States, alcohol is still abused by minors; as it turns out, alcohol consumption can not only interfere with the developing adolescent brain, but it also renders the youth more prone to future alcohol-related issues.
A recent statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) titled, “Alcohol Use by Youth and Adolescents: A Pediatric Concern,” was published in the May issue of Pediatrics, and it illustrates the risk factors that young kids face: friends who use alcohol, tobacco, or other substances; community patterns of ingestion; and finally, exposure to alcohol advertising. The organization is also expected to provide specific recommendations concerning management tools and treatment programs that could benefit a troubled individual. There will also be more information regarding substance use screening, intervention, and referral for treatment.
Additional research is recommended by the authors, who put forth the topics of prevention, screening, identification, brief intervention, management and treatment. The recurring process is still needed if there are going to be any improvements made upon the evidence-based practices; nonestheless, in time there will be no need for any more drunken human ginea pigs, once everything is figured out, and kids learn that there are better things to do than alcohol.
Give yourself time to get bored with them, before you crack open a can of liquid courage.