A man holds his head as he stares at bottles of alcohol, and wonders if he shows signs of alcoholism

Long-Term Effects of Underage Alcohol Abuse

Underage alcohol abuse can have serious consequences. Although alcohol is legal and available to those over the age of 21, it can cause significant changes in the body of an adolescent. Underage alcohol abuse can result in a number of long-term consequences including: Physical problems Unintended, unwanted, or unprotected sexual activity Alcohol-related car crashes Unintentional injuries…

trauma and substance abuse

How Trauma Can Influence Substance Abuse

Experts define trauma as a deeply disturbing experience. But if you’ve experienced trauma in your life, including sexual violence, domestic abuse, or childhood neglect, such a simple description seems underwhelming. Trauma is something that affects every area of your life. Subsequently, it may interrupt your sleep patterns or cause you to feel fear at the…