Affects of teenage drinking on girls
Teenage girls experiment with alcohol for many of the same reasons that boys do, but they face some challenges boys don’t:
- Among teenage heavy drinkers (those having five or more drinks in a row at least five times in one month), girls are more likely to say that they drink to escape problems or to cope with frustration or anger.
- Girls are more likely to drink because of family problems than because of peer pressure.
- Drinking can delay puberty in girls, while abusing alcohol can cause endocrine disorders during puberty.
- Teenage girls who drink are more likely to have unprotected sex than girls who doesn’t drink, putting them at increased risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.