Since more and more teens are entering rehab centers in southern California, it makes sense to learn more about the details of teen drinking. Questions about teen drinking, itself, as well as the environment in which the teen lives and drinks need to be answered. It isn’t just about how these details impact the teen, either, but about the outcomes they predict as adults.
Structure over Age
Recent studies would indicate that the age at which the person starts drinking may not be as significant as the family structure in which they grow up. Results of the study indicate two extremes. In families where both biological parents were still in the same house, and the teen was allowed to drink at home, those teens had the lowest chances of developing alcoholism later in life. Conversely, families in which there were single parents or two parents, but only one of which was biological, the teen that drinks at home has the greatest chance of developing alcoholism later in life.
Does this mean that every teen living in a single parent household and drinking at home is going to be an alcoholic? No. However, there are other factors commonly related to single parent households, such as poverty and family conflict. There is obvious family conflict, since one parent isn’t there, and poverty is more likely because there is only one income in the home. When these factors are addressed, the whole landscape changes.
None of this changes the fact that more teens are going into Southern California detox than ever before. Blended families or not, it’s best not to encourage drinking at any age.