Alcohol Abuse More Likely in Aggressive Teens
By Vishakha Sonawane | Aug 06, 2014 05:32 PM EDT
A Finnish research shows that aggressive teens are more likely to abuse alcohol than their peers.
Researchers also found that depression and anxiety usually did not lead to drinking problems in the adolescents. The study assessed the link between psychosocial problems and alcohol use among 4074 Finnish youngsters aged between 13 and 18.
The team found that 60 percent of the participants consumed alcohol and among them around 50 percent of the 15-year-olds abused liquor. No significant differences between alcohol use among boys and girls were found.
The research team noted that smoking and attention seeking issues were also to be blamed for alcohol use. Among the girls getting menstrual cycles early in life and parental divorce increased the risk of alcohol abuse.
"The findings raise questions about a possible change in the behaviour of adolescent girls and their vulnerability during adolescent social and emotional development," Eila Laukkanen, Professor and Chief Physician of Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital, said in a press release.
Researchers explained that the proportion of youngsters who consumed alcohol did not increase compared to the previous studies. But, researchers noted that most of the adolescents indulged in high amounts of liquor, sometimes even exceeding the risk levels. People who begin drinking at an early age are prone to mental health problems and alcohol dependence.
According to Live Strong, aggression in teens can be managed by finding out the reason behind their anger. Also, school counselors or therapy can prove beneficial at times. "Irritability and explosiveness in teens are sometimes symptoms of depression. If your teen's mood seems unreasonable given his or her situation, it is important to have a professional screen for depression," recommends Marie Hartwell-Walker, ED.D, at PsychCentral.com.
The results of the study were published in Journal of Adolescence.