Young Adolescent Alcoholism

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Literature and History Alcoholism is a disease characterized by factors such as a strong craving for alcohol, continued use despite past harm, the inability to limit drinking, withdrawal symptoms when drinking stops, and the need to increase the amount consumed to feel the effects (CDC, Frequently Asked Questions). It is estimated that over 76 million people worldwide suffer from an alcohol consumption problem (
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) conducted a study in 2005 which showed that alcohol abuse can start as early as 8th grade. The NIAAA study showed that 11 percent of 8th graders engaged in binge drinking. By the time the student reaches 12th grade, the study shows that 29 percent of
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Between the ages of 15 and 24, the stage of life is referred to as late adolescents. If steady alcohol drinking begins in the young adolescent stage, the person will most likely continue to drink in the late adolescent stage and become an alcoholic.
Experimental Procedure To gauge whether or not engaging in binge drinking as a young adolescent makes one more likely to become an alcoholic studies and tests should be performed. A survey given to young adolescent’s ages 10 to 14 would ask such questions as: How old were you when you first drank and alcoholic beverage?; Have you ever drank an alcoholic beverage?; How often do you drink an alcoholic beverage?; Have you been drunk within the past 30 days? The same survey questions would be given to late adolescents’ ages 15 to 24. A follow up study would be necessary to learn if the young adolescents drinking continued and got heavier as they aged as well as those in late adolescent years. A follow up study for those in late adolescents could ask whether or not they have gone to rehab or joined a support group for their alcoholic behavior. Family members and close friends of those old enough to drink alcohol legally could be surveyed and asked if they believe that the person has an alcohol addiction. Additional surveys could be given to those in the young adolescent category that looks at why they choose to consume that first alcoholic drink. The late adolescent category could be asked this
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