While no one is immune to addiction, researchers are constantly examining the population for patterns of susceptibility. Be it nature or nurture, it seems that some people are simply more prone to developing alcohol addiction. Knowing how these findings pertain to you could be crucial in protecting yourself and your loved ones.
At Next Level Recovery, we have helped people from different ages, family backgrounds and financial spectrums. We know that you are struggling to fight on your own and we’re here to give you the tools and resources you’ll need to conquer.
Age of Alcohol Use
Approximately half of under-age Americans have used alcohol, with 2 million people ages 12-20 considered “heavy drinkers” and 4.4 million “binge drinkers.” Basically the earlier a person starts drinking alcohol, the greater the risk they have for developing addiction.
Of those who started drinking before age 14, half were considered alcoholic or alcohol dependent by age 21.
Race and Gender
Young men are more likely to abuse alcohol than young women, though the rates among women are increasing. Native American youth were most likely to develop a substance abuse disorder followed by Whites, African-Americans, and lastly Asian-Americans.
Trouble at Home
Children of parents who abused drugs or alcohol are 45 to 79 percent more likely to later develop a substance abuse problem. Addiction susceptibility can be passed on genetically, but environmental factors are most impactful when it comes to family backgrounds.
A common phenomenon known as Dual Diagnosis, occurs when someone with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder turns to alcohol or drugs for coping. These people are significantly more likely to develop an addiction and feel an intensity of their stress or sad feelings.
Here at Next Level Recovery, we’re not only concerned about giving addiction treatment, but also about helping you find a healthy, fulfilling life. If you or a loved one is struggling with an alcohol addiction, reach out to us today — we can and will help.