A lifelong relationship with alcohol…..
That’s what researchers are touting as the consequence of regular teenage drinking.
Essentially, the scoop is that once you begin to drink heavily as a young person, you maintain your (binge) drinking habits as a twenty-something, and this leads to long term consequences.
Short-term consequences of alcohol we all remember from our (binge-drinking) youth:
- Falls and spills, reckless behaviour
- Aggression, crime, fistfights
- Drinking and Driving
- Unwanted sexual advances, regretful sex, pregnancy
But it’s those long term consequences from our ‘ongoing relationship’ that many of us don’t think about:
- Chronic disease, such as liver cirrhosis
- Elevated risk for cancer, stroke, heart disease
- Nutrition-less calories, weight gain
Maybe you have a binge-drinking teenage kid. Or maybe you were that kid. What’s your relationship with alcohol? Is it healthy, or could the two of you be looking for a way to redefine yourselves?