Alcohol Abuse in Teenage Girls
Teenage Girls tend to use alcohol or drugs to alleviate negative moods, to increase confidence, to reduce tension, to cope with problems, to lose inhibitions, to enhance sex or to lose weight. These are just some of the reasons why Teenage Girls use alcohol and other substances, but there always is some deep underlying issue that brings the substance use to the surface. Finding this issue or issues is paramount in fighting the battle of use and addiction.
Here are Some Eye Opening Statistics About Teenage Girls and Alcohol Use
Approximately one-third of all teenage girls have their first alcoholic drink, more than a few sips, before entering high school. Teenage and preteen girls are starting to drink at younger ages than ever before. Today, girls report that they begin to drink alcohol before the age of 13. This is especially disturbing since teens who participate in alcohol use early in life are at greater risk of becoming alcoholics.
Nearly half of high school girls drink alcohol and more than 1 in 4 binge drink, consuming five or more drinks on the same incident. Nearly 1 in 5 of 8th grade teenage girls drink alcohol and more than 1 in 10 binge drink.
Teenage girls who are heavy drinkers, consuming more than seven drinks per week, are five times more likely to have sex without protection, than girls who do not drink.
How You Can Help Teenage Girls Avoid Alcohol Use and Abuse
Family involvement and support are important in preventing substance use among teenage girls. Feeling connected to school and achieving good grade reports may be a strong motivator for girls at high risk. This is especially useful when considering that poor school performance in adolescent girls increases the risk for alcohol and drug abuse in early adulthood. Programs that provide girls with positive female role models may improve chances that teenage girls will not drink prematurely.
If your family is struggling with a daughter who is using, experimenting, or abusing alcohol, please call Re-Creation Retreat at 888-390-8366. We can help your family through this difficult time. Call one of our family advocates for a full evaluation and consultation.