- Alcohol and teens facts
- How much alcohol do teens use?
- What are the dangerous effects of alcohol use in teens?
- How can parents prevent alcohol use?
- What are the symptoms and signs of alcohol intoxication?
- What is alcoholism?
- What are the causes and risk factors of teen alcoholism?
- What are the symptoms of alcohol abuse in teens?
- What is the treatment for alcohol intoxication?
- What is alcohol poisoning?
- What is the treatment for alcoholism?
- What is the prognosis for alcoholism?
- How can a teen get help for an alcohol problem?
Quick GuideTeen Drug Abuse: Statistics, Facts, Warning Signs, and Symptoms
What is the prognosis for alcoholism?
Without treatment, youth who drink excessively as teenagers are more likely to become problem drinkers as adults. Depending on the severity of alcohol misuse, the youth's prognosis can be significantly improved by interventions ranging from involving the teen's parents to having the teen participate in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or more intensive treatments
How can a teen get help for an alcohol problem?
- Al-Anon-Alateen: 888-4AL-ANON
- Alcoholics Anonymous World Services: 212-870-3400
- American Council on Alcoholism treatment referral line: 800-527-5344
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving: 800-GET-MADD
- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: 800-NCA-CALL
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: 301-443-3860
- National Resource Center: 866-870-4979
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