(3266) Children - Adolescents (12 or younger) Alcohol Rehab Centers
Alcohol addiction is a serious problem that can affect people of all ages, including children and adolescents. Although alcohol use by minors is illegal, it is still a common problem in many communities, and young people who struggle with alcohol addiction face unique challenges.
Symptoms of Alcohol Misuse in Children
Alcohol addiction is a chronic disease that involves the compulsive use of alcohol despite the negative consequences it causes in a person's life. In children and adolescents, alcohol addiction can have significant impacts on physical, emotional, and social development. Young people who struggle with alcohol addiction may experience a range of symptoms, including:
- Loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in eating habits
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in academic performance
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Changes in mood, including irritability, depression, and anxiety
- Physical symptoms, including headaches, nausea, and tremors
It is important to note that not all young people who use alcohol will become addicted. However, regular alcohol use can increase the risk of addiction, and children and adolescents who start drinking at a young age are more likely to develop alcohol-related problems later in life.
Seek Professional Help
If you are concerned that a child or adolescent in your life may be struggling with alcohol addiction, it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible. Treatment for alcohol addiction in young people may include a combination of counseling, family therapy, and medication-assisted treatment.
Additional Resources for Substance Use Disorders in Children
- Children’s Mental Health - cdc.gov
- Digital Shareables on Child and Adolescent Mental Health - NIMH
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Child Mind Institute
- Jason Foundation Parent Resource Program