Alcohol Abuse Effects

In this day and age teenagers especially students are under immense pressures.

Peer pressure - being made to do things that you don't want to do.

Family pressure - being pushed into studies and careers that you have no interest in.

School or college pressure - being forced to learn about subjects you find challenging or extremely difficult.

Self pressure - wanting to be as good as others but you have low confidence and low self-esteem.

These pressures can generally be worked through by most of us and we can get on with our lives. However, some of us, 'believe', that they are beyond our control and consequently we get stressed.

And that is the problem - when we get stressed.

We fall back into our comfort zones. We run away from things instead of facing them. We stick our 'head in the sand' and hope our problems will go away. Then one day, we find that alcohol can take the edge off how bad we feel. We find out that it reduces our stress levels and helps us get on with our lives. We begin to use alcohol as a crutch - to hold us up.

And that is when things get out of control.

One little 'every so often' drink turns into a lot of 'very often' drinks and we suddenly find that alcohol has taken over our lives.

We are no longer in control. We become binge drinkers where we can't say no to that last drink or we become full blown alcholics where we need alcohol 24 hours a day.

If you are a teenager and think you have an alcohol problem maybe you should read the following. It might just change your life.


Alcohol Abuse and It's Effects

Physical Effects

  • Bad breath that will put the opposite sex off
  • Dull grey skin that will make you look unhealthy and unattractive
  • Impotence that will stop you having sex
  • Cirrhosis of the liver can cause liver cancer
  • High blood pressure that can cause a stroke
  • Gastritis that can lead to stomach ulcers
  • Sweating, Shaking and Agitation
  • Damage to the brain
  • Heart failure
  • Headaches
  • Problems with sleeping
  • Impaired memory
  • Weight gain that will you unhealthy
  • Psychological Effects

  • Depression. Feeling low and miserable
  • AnxietyShaking
  • Feeling worried and nervous.
  • Panic attacks
  • Negative mood swings
  • Increases Anger and Violence
  • Lack of inhibition. Where you make a fool of yourself
  • Paranoia. Don't trust anyone
  • Premature dementia. Losing your memory
  • Feelings of guilt, shame and hopelessness
  • Loneliness

  • DO YOU NEED HELP?

    DO YOU NEED A SUPPORT GROUP?

    Alcoholics Anonymous


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