The Biggest Reason Why Young Adults Struggle with Identifying Drinking Problems

The Biggest Reason Why Young Adults Struggle with Identifying Drinking Problems

Young people today are struggling considerably with alcohol abuse – but with the culture of drinking, they likely don’t even know it. As the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) states, 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related injuries; 20% of college students meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder (AUD). With about 1 in 4 students performing very poorly in school due to drinking, young adults need support and resources – but how do they get them when they aren’t even aware of the problem?

The National Public Radio (NPR) emphasized a few years ago that much of it is the “hard-to-resist” environment that’s often created around college campuses. Dr. Sharon Levy, a pediatrician and Director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Boston Children’s Hospital told NPR, “Everybody’s drinking to get drunk. Kids tell me this is how they socialize with friends.”

Although young adults may seem to be at an age where critical thinking should come more naturally (as compared to the adolescent years), the reality is that young adults’ brains are still developing and are not quite at the stage where they’re able to more rationally outweigh the benefits and consequences of their decisions. A 2014 study published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse emphasized that it’s often the transition from high school to college that adds this heightened sense of risk for drinking issues, as college drinking culture often involves tailgating, pregaming, and drinking games.

How can we support young adults struggling with an issue they aren’t quite yet aware of?

Education is power, and if we can inform more people on the dangerous effects of drinking – as well as the restorative power of recovery – we can save more lives and heal more people.

If you’re ready to begin your journey towards restoration of the mind, body and spirit, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.

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Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.