How can South African teenagers reduce an unsafe lifestyle behaviour regarding alcohol abuse?


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Ebony Nash Profile
Ebony Nash answered
There are many ways that you can reduce the effects of alcohol abuse on teenagers, in South Africa and all over the world. Alcohol abuse can be incredibly damaging to a person, both emotionally, mentally and physically, meaning that it needs to be nipped in the bud as soon as is possible, before they start becoming addicted. Here are some ways to help someone who you fear may be getting into the lifestyle of an alcohol abuser:

  • Distract them

People that become alcoholics are usually feeling very down about something, or just completely unsatisfied with their lives. If this seems to be the case with the people that you are trying to help, it may be an idea to try and distract them from their problems by taking them out for fun days or teaching them a new skill. Try to get them involved with a new hobby, to show them that they can find a new direction in life and don't always need to turn to drink for happiness. This also counts for young people who are just bored due to the lack of social opportunities in their home town, meaning that they turn to drink for entertainment.

  • Talk to them, when they're sober

When the person is sober, try talking to them about their problems. It is rare for a person to develop an addiction to alcohol without them having an underlying problem which relates to it. Once this problem has been found and addressed, you may find it easier to help them sort the problem out and move on from it, leaving the alcoholism behind. Try to avoid this discussion when the person is under the influence of alcohol, as they will be more likely to lash out or become emotional, especially if they are a very guarded person.
Joan Profile
Joan answered
The way to avoid and reduce alcohol abuse is very simple - do not take that first drink.  Some people can control their drinking and some can not.  You do not know what category you fall into until you begin to drink.  Therefore, if you do not begin, there is no risk.
Christy Wrightway Profile
The abuse of drugs/alcohol are social/health concerns in all developed and even under developed countries. We and all people with this trouble need to continue to educate youth and adults alike on the obvious and more subtle symptoms and resultant damages that occur with chronic use. If one is so afflicted, he/she must seek out support for stopping the misuse of chemical substances. This person HAS to want it!

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