A National Directory of Drug Treatment Centers and Alcohol Treatment Centers, Therapists and Specialists. A free, simple directory providing assistance and guidance for those seeking help regarding alcohol addiction, drug addiction, dependency and many other conditions that affect the mind, body and soul.
Call 888-647-0579 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

Who Answers?

Early tipple 'breeds alcoholism'

Parents who introduce their children to alcohol in the hope of encouraging responsible drinking might be doing more harm than good, work suggests.

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found drinking before the age of 15 increased a child’s risk of becoming a heavy drinker.

A teenager’s fast-developing brain becomes programmed to link alcohol with pleasure, experts believe.

Research shows that by the age of seven most children will have tasted alcohol.

A poll of 11 to 15-year-olds in England in 2007 by the NHS Information Centre found around 640,000 were likely to have drunk alcohol in the past seven days.

Of hospital admissions in 2006/7 specifically due to an alcohol-related diagnosis, almost one in 10 were in under 18 year olds.

The NIAAA study matched information on the teenage drinking habits of more than 22,000 Americans with the development of alcohol-related problems.

Starting young

The men and women were divided into three groups – those who first drank under the age of 15, between 15 and 17, and 18 or older.

People who started drinking before the age 15, and to a lesser extent those who started drinking at ages 15 to 17, were more likely to become dependent on alcohol as adults than people who waited until 18 or older to start drinking.

This link remained even when they took into account factors like duration of alcohol exposure, family history and a wide range of other risk factors.

Research also shows the likelihood of developing alcohol-use disorders in adulthood is about 50% higher for people who start drinking before the age of 15 as for those who abstain until they are 18 or older.

Deborah Dawson, research scientist at the NIAAA, said: “We can see for the first time the association between an early ‘age of first drink’ and an increased risk of alcohol use disorders that persists into adulthood.”

Howard Moss, the institute’s director for clinical research, said: “Early alcohol consumption, as a misguided choice, is driving the relationship between early drinking and the risk for development of later alcohol problems.

“The data support the notion of delaying the onset of drinking behaviour as late as possible.”

Don Shenker, chief executive of Alcohol Concern, said: “Parents are certainly the best placed group to encourage responsible drinking attitudes among young people, but this study, like others should give them pause about precisely when it’s right to start giving alcohol regularly to their children.

“Younger adolescents whose physical and mental development is ongoing ought not to be drinking regularly as successive pieces of work has shown a close connection between that and damage to key systems.”

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore of University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience said young brains were very malleable and changed fast in response to new influences.

Early alcohol exposure could be acting as an environmental trigger for adolescents with an underlying disposition to alcohol problems, she said.

“Although a lot might depend on the amounts drunk as well as the exposure itself,” she added.

A spokeswoman from the social care organisation Turning Point said: “At the moment there is simply not enough help for children and families affected by alcohol misuse.

“Without important interventions at vital stages of these young lives, they are much more likely to go on to have alcohol problems themselves.”

The NIAAA study will be published in the December issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
___________
source: BBC News

More Treatment & Detox Articles

Alcohol abuse by GIs soars since ’03

The rate of Army soldiers enrolled in treatment programs for alcohol dependency or abuse has nearly doubled since 2003 — a sign of the growing stress of repeated deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Army statistics and interviews. Soldiers diagnosed by Army substance abuse counselors with alcoholism or alcohol abuse, such as binge drinking,….

Continue reading

Understanding Why Long Term Addiction Treatment is Recommended

addiction treatment centers

Research suggests that people who attend long term addiction treatment are more likely to succeed in their recovery and to have a reduced chance of relapse following treatment. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “treatment approaches and individual programs continue to evolve and diversify, and many programs today do not fit neatly into….

Continue reading

How Drug Addiction Treatment Can Change Your Life

how rehab works

If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs, considering treatment may be a last step resort and a decision that you’re just not quite ready to make yet. However, drug addiction treatment can and will change your life for the better if you’re willing to accept the help that is available to you,….

Continue reading

How Florida Treatment Centers Treat Heroin Addiction

Much like the rest of the country, the rate of drug use in Florida remains an issue of public concern. With each passing year, access to various types of drugs has become easier for people of all ages. Access to heroin is no different. Being addicted to heroin is one of the most difficult periods….

Continue reading

EnterHealth

Enterhealth Introduces Advanced Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Treatment, Opens Life Recovery Center Enterhealth’s program includes continuous online support Dallas, Texas – A new, advanced approach to treating alcohol and drug addiction will become available next week to a nation- and world-wide clientele with the opening of the Enterhealth Life Recovery Center, located near Dallas…..

Continue reading

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Calls to any general helpline will be answered or returned by one of the treatment providers listed, each of which is a paid advertiser: ARK Behavioral Health, Recovery Helpline, Alli Addiction Services.

By calling the helpline you agree to the terms of use. We do not receive any commission or fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a caller chooses. There is no obligation to enter treatment.

I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOWI NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOW 888-647-0579Response time about 1 min | Response rate 100%
Who Answers?