According to 2011 statistics from the Indiana Prevention Resource Center, alcohol use among 6th and 8th graders in Indiana decreased, while marijuana use in 6th and 7th grades increased. Alcohol use among 9th to 12th graders also decreased, with binge drinking rates steady. In terms of marijuana use, there was decrease in usage among 10th graders, with slight increases among 9th, 11th and 12th graders. Usage was highest among 12th graders, with just under 20 percent of Indiana teens using marijuana. The usage rate among 9th graders was 13 percent. Meth use also remained steady, with less than 3 percent of Indiana teens in 12th grade using the drug.
Effects of Alcohol Use
Although many teens may consider alcohol harmless, it is an incredibly damaging drug as it affects the entire body. According to the University of North Carolina’s Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, alcohol causes many health problems, including the following:
Increased blood pressure
Heart or lung failure
Alcohol can also cause other physical ailments, such as vitamin deficiencies, stomach problems, loss of appetite, impotence, memory loss and damage to the central nervous system.
Alcohol use can also affect your safety and the safety of others. Here are some common problems caused by alcohol use:
Accidental injuries. Half of college campus injuries are alcohol-related.
Car accidents. Drinking and driving is not only unsafe, but also illegal. Just one drink can make someone impaired. Alcohol use is not a victimless crime. Many innocent victims are killed by drunk drivers. Even driving a boat while under the influence is risky. More than 30 percent of boating accidents are caused by alcohol use.
Violent behavior. Drinking can cause aggressiveness, which can lead to fights, injuries and arrests.
Risky behavior. Being under the influence of alcohol can cause people to make unwise decisions, such as unprotected sex. This can result in a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or an unwanted pregnancy.
Alcohol use can have many effects on your teen’s life in general, including school, work and relationships. Here are some of the most common effects:
Personality changes. If you notice your teen becoming more obnoxious or violent, or louder, drugs may be a factor. Drugs can cause drastic personality changes. Marijuana can cause a lack of motivation and loss of interest in hobbies and friends. Hard drugs such as cocaine and meth can cause mental disorders.
Change in school performance. If your A-student starts failing their classes, drugs may be the cause. The more alcohol consumed, the worse the grades. Studies show that alcohol use is to blame for nearly one-third of school performance problems.
Decrease in job performance. Just as alcohol can affect schoolwork, the same goes for a job. Alcohol use can make one prone to more mistakes, more problems with bosses and coworkers, and more missed work days.
Researching Rehab Centers for Indiana Teens
Indiana has more than 100 rehab centers to choose from. You can choose from inpatient and outpatient programs. There are also many dual diagnosis facilities throughout the state. There are private centers to choose from, as well as centers located in a country setting. Indiana also has many community-based services for teens. It’s important to find a program that is specifically designed to treat teens as they are dealing with much different issues than adult addicts.
Getting the help your teen needs is as easy as calling us. We have access to many resources that would be beneficial in helping your teen beat addiction. There are many types of treatment options available and we can help you narrow down the choices. Working together, we can find the right treatment help for your teen. Call us today and see how we can help.
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