Are Teenage or Adolescent Girls More at Risk of Developing Alcohol Addiction?
Children and young teens should not be drinking alcohol at all. Unfortunately, many do, which leads to problems later in life. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, teenage girls who were 14 to 15 years old were 25% more likely to drink alcohol than boys. However, the results for adults indicated that male adults were more likely to drink than female adults. The research that was gathered indicated that girls who started drinking early. Were more likely to stop drinking by the time they reached the age of 21. Adolescent boys who start drinking early are more likely to continue to drink alcohol as an adult.
Consuming alcohol at a young age is detrimental to the development of the adolescent brain. Much of the damage in the brain occurs in the region that handles memory and learning. Alcohol-related injuries in the United States send more than 189,000 underage drinkers to the emergency room each year. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this data indicated around 4300 deaths each year are linked to underage drinking. Despite the amount of anti-drinking campaigns in the United States, many of these campaigns do not target teenage girls.
Some of the survey results in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2016, showed most programs that deterred teen drinking targeted adolescent boys. Per the Office of Adolescent Health in the United States. In 2015, 15% of female high school students in grades 9 through 12 had used alcohol before the age of 13. In 2017, 13% of female high school students in grades 9 through 12 used alcohol before the age of 13. Within that same survey, 48% of adolescent girls in high school who drank obtained the alcohol from someone they knew.