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alcohol abuse in adhd

The dangers of alcohol abuse and brain damage in those with ADHD is real.

Purim is almost upon us. Let’s talk the truth about ADHD and alcohol abuse.

You want to know why you should never offer alcohol to teens especially those with ADD/ADHD??

Read these ADD/ADHD facts and find out the truth about ADD/ADHD and substance abuse.

7% of children between 3 and 17 have ADD/ADHD.

Studies of adults with ADD/ADHD have found co-occurring alcohol abuse disorders at rates ranging from 17% to 45% and drug abuse or dependence at rates ranging from 9% to 30%

Studies show that those with ADD/ADHD are more likely to develop a substance abuse problems such as alcohol abuse over the course of their life.

Those treated with ADHD medications the risk of substance abuse gets reduced by 85% amongst those with ADHD.

A very high percentage of those with ADD/ADHD never get properly diagnosed. Tragically many get misdiagnosed with depression, bipolar, personality disorder to name just a few.

Contrary to popular opinion, when those with ADD/ADHD are treated with ADHD medication, the risk for alcohol abuse is dramatically reduced.  Studies have found that those with ADHD who are not diagnosed and treated have a far higher risk of falling into addictions.

The reasons why those with untreated ADD/DHD are far more likely to suffer from addictions is not fully understood. There is a theory that those with ADD/ADHD have an altered dopamine response. Dopamine, the reward (feel good) neurochemical, may be released in lesser amounts in those with ADHD, causing them a lessened inability to feel normal pleasure. They may need to seek out normal pleasure levels through intoxication or thrill seeking behaviours.

Although alcohol can produce temporary symptoms betterment, over time the ADD/ADHD symptoms will worsen.

Alcohol-Related Brain Damage (ARBD), is an umbrella term for the damage that  drinking causes to the brain as a result of long-term heavy drinking.  Over time drinking too much alcohol can change the way the brain works.This can bring some very serious consequences such as personality changes, and problems with thinking, mood, memory and learning.

Giving a teen just one drink can start a lifetime of struggle. Is it worth it?

Typical ADHD symptoms

  • Restlessness
  • Impulsivity
  • Lack of focus
  • Thrill seeking activities
  • Forgetfulness
  • Anger issues
  • Irritability

It is imperative that those with ADD/ADHD get the help that they need.

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