Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Teenagers -- Alcohol use;
Alcohol is the most frequently used drug among adolescents today. Alcohol use among adolescents has been linked to many probable consequences and risks including: motor vehicle crashes, risky sexual behavior and an increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases, suicide, poor physical and mental health, lower social competence, and decreases in school achievement (Brown et al., 2007; Diego, Field, & Sanders, 2003; Wallace & Fisher, 2006). Research has shown that the earlier an adolescent initiates with the use of alcohol, the more likely that person will experience alcohol dependence in his or her life, with the onset of dependence occurring quickly and at younger ages (Brown et al., 2007; Brown, Catalano, Fleming, Haggerty, & Abbott, 2005; Diego et al., 2003; Hingson, Heeren, & Winter, 2006). Despite these risks, many adolescents continue to moderately consume alcohol. This paper will identify variables contributing to an adolescent's choice of whether or not to use alcohol, state the possible effects of teen alcohol use, and present implications for school counselors, including effective prevention and treatment interventions for working with adolescents.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education
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©2008 Malynda R. Zuck
Zuck, Malynda R., "Alcohol use among adolescents" (2008). Graduate Research Papers. 1790.