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The mayo clinic defines alcohol abuse as: “a chronic and often progressive disease that includes problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect (physical dependence), or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking. ”

Statistics shows that teens of all genders struggle abusing alcohol more than adults. This is mainly due to the fact that adults have fully developed brains and can handle drinking alcohol responsibly. Teens, however, do not have fully developed minds and are too immature to responsibly handle the potential and prevalent consequences that drinking alcohol brings. Teens who drink socially, are experimenting, or suffer from severe addiction to alcohol, are all at risk for dangerous and sometimes fatal consequences. Most of the teen pregnancies, suicides, fatal car accidents and violent outbursts are contributed from alcohol abuse.

Parents of a struggling teen, who suffers from alcohol abuse, can be rest assured that services such as residential treatment centers, therapeutic boarding schools, and group homes offer rehabilitative, therapeutic treatment for their child.