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Decision-Making Affected by Binge Drinking

In society today, many teens believe alcohol use is a normal part of life. In most movies that prominently feature adolescents and teens, there is a scene where teens drink excessively. As a result, teens think that using alcohol is cool, and isn’t that big of a deal. Unfortunately, binge drinking and decision making are inextricably linked. To learn more about the connection between these two issues, or for information about alcohol addiction treatment, contact Promises Behavioral Health today. 

Researching the Connection Between Binge Drinking and Decision Making

Teens that binge drink can experience a wealth of negative consequences. They may suffer academically, experience difficulty in relationships with family and friends, and they may receive punishments at home if they violate their parents’ rules about alcohol consumption. In addition to these more immediate results, new research suggests that teens may also experience problems later in life with decision-making.

The study from the researchers at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque shows that teens who participate in heavy episodic drinking may develop problems with decision making later in life. The researchers surveyed 48 participants. 19 of the teens had been diagnosed with substance abuse problems, 14 had a family history of substance abuse but had not yet developed a problem, and 15 had not used alcohol or drugs at all. The study revealed that the level of drinking was directly correlated with performance on cognitive testing.

Survey Results

The more a teen drinks during a binge drinking session, the poorer their performance on tests that measure cognition. The measurements included memory, task completion, reasoning skills, and information processing speed. Lead researcher Dr. Robert J. Thomas explained to WebMD that not only do the results occur consistently in observational studies in humans, but animal models also reveal patterns of alteration in normal developmental processes in ways that affect learning and social adjustment well into adulthood.

The adolescents in the study performed largely within the normal range on the cognitive tests, but the researchers believe that they were under-performing compared to how they might have performed before they began participating in binge drinking. The effects on cognitive abilities could have a significant impact on the teens’ prospects in life, limiting their choices academically and professionally.

A pattern of under-performing in school, for example, could significantly alter the path of a high school student and cause them to underachieve into a lower job placement and socioeconomic status.

The results of the study could indicate that programs may be useful for connecting abstinence from alcohol consumption with academic scholarships or award programs. Students that choose not to drink to ensure a successful academic future may attract investors in their education. The study highlights a significant association: students who binge drink as teenagers may be setting a trajectory for their life. This study suggests that these teens will suffer a lower level of success professionally. They may also end up in a lower socioeconomic group. It may be beneficial for schools to educate students who want to ensure that their path will be successful. That way, they will avoid the possible pitfalls of binge drinking.

Get Treatment at Promises Behavioral Health Today

At Promises Behavioral Health, we provide treatment for many people who struggle with alcohol abuse. To that end, we offer a wide range of treatments to aid the recovery process. For instance, we offer a wide range of evidence-based therapies. These are therapies that experts in addiction treatment have studied extensively. Furthermore, they have proven that these therapies can effectively treat addiction. We also offer holistic treatments. We use these treatment options to heal a person’s mind, body, and soul. A combination of these treatments is the best option for a teen and young adult’s long term recovery. Your treatment may include:

To learn more about the connection between binge drinking and decision making, contact Promises Behavioral Health at 844.875.5609

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