As college students and teenagers we’re all continually under pressure to succeed – in study and exams, in sports and hobbies and in our own social lives. For our younger brothers and sisters and the teens in our lives, there’s the ongoing pressure of adolescence, where you find out who you are and try to begin to shape the kind of person you want to become.
You remember it well. As we go through our teen years, we learn, through trial and error, how to manage this pressure and deal with difficult feelings, upsetting situations and the occasional crisis. We build resilience. It’s so damn important. It not only helps us survive, it helps us thrive, even when we are faced with challenges.
The problem is – teen drinking can block the process of building these healthy coping skills. Drinking too much on a regular basis can be a barrier to academic achievement and opportunities, as it can do permanent damage to brain development, thinking skills and memory. Sounds over the top? This is fact. All the research tells us that teens – and even our own age group – may begin to find concentrating, problem-solving and retaining information more difficult than before.
We build resilience. It’s so damn important. It not only helps us survive, it helps us thrive.