Young Adults’ Alcohol Use Linked to Higher Illegal Drug Use

Parents considering the services of Family Recovery Specialists’ alcohol abuse specialists in Miami are well-justified in their concerns if the statistics concerning young adult alcohol abuse are anything to go by. According to SAMHSA 1999 NHSDA, of people aged between 18 and 22 years old, 18 per cent of full-time undergraduates were heavy drinkers, this figure decreasing to 12 per cent for those who were not full-time undergraduates.

Full-time undergraduates showed higher rates of heavy alcohol use whether they were men or women, compared to other people aged from 18 to 22 years old. 1 in 10 women who were full-time undergraduates were heavy drinkers, the same able to be said of a quarter of men.

There may be a link between heavy alcohol use and alcohol dependence, the latter being characterized – according to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) – by increased tolerance, lack of success in reducing alcohol use, withdrawal symptoms in the absence of alcohol and disruption to day-to-day life.

Alcohol dependence was apparent in approximately 9 per cent of 18 to 25 year olds – around 3 million people – in 1999. Persons aged 18 to 25 showed a higher ProShapeRX rate of alcohol dependence than people in the 12 to 17 (4 per cent) and 26 or over (3 per cent) age groups, 21 being the peak age for both heavy drinking and alcohol dependence.

Nor will it make pleasant reading for parents contemplating contact with alcohol abuse specialists in Miami that among persons in the 18 to 25 age bracket, the higher the level of past month alcohol use, the more the rate of past month illicit drug use also increased. 44 per cent of heavy drinkers had used illicit drugs in the last month, compared to 26 per cent of ‘binge’ drinkers – defined as those having five or more drinks on the same occasion at least once in the last month.

This figure dropped much more substantially for nonbinge drinkers and nondrinkers, to 11 per cent and 5 per cent respectively. There was a link between heavy drinking and illicit drug use for marijuana, in addition to other illicit drugs. Such statistics all show, once more, just what value the alcohol abuse specialists in Miami of Family Recovery Specialists can bring in assisting an alcohol or drug addicted young adult or adolescent to recovery.

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