What is Alcohol Abuse?
Alcohol abuse occurs when someone develops a drinking habit or becomes preoccupied with alcohol. How do you know it’s becoming a problem? While some people may appear to be able to function, drinking often becomes uncontrolled or may interfere with one’s wellbeing or disrupt activities of daily living.
Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance among teenagers in the United States. Excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,500 deaths among underage youth each year, and it costs the U.S. $24 billion each year on average. Although drinking under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United State with more than 90 percent of this alcohol consumed in the form of binge drinking.
Alcohol is known to lessen inhibitions resulting in risky and even illegal behaviors, potentially leading to violence, drug abuse, and incarceration.