More and more young people turn to Alcoholics Anonymous UK for help with addiction and abuse, shares David, 73, a representative of AA in Dorset. According to the organization, the average age of which a person starts drinking in the UK is around 14.
More people under 30 are seeking help with their addiction. Particularly, there has been an increase of young women in need of help against alcohol.
Although there is not a targeted age group that suffers from the addiction, the two most common categories that excessively consume alcohol are either people in their early adulthood or people in their retirement years.
According to the AA, there could be a connection between the drinking scene at UK’s universities and young people turning to alcohol more frequently.
“The stress of moving away, the peer pressure and the need to break the ice with fellow peers can easily lead to consuming excessive amounts” shared David.
“A lot of new young people are coming in and by admitting they have a problem we can move towards breaking the stigma that certain age groups are immune to alcoholism,” said another representative of Alcoholics Anonymous, Jean-Pierre, 57. “It’s good because it can add sense to the problem and bring us closer to a solution. Fourteen is usually the age people start drinking, they get into it very early. It is nothing new. The difference is that now alcohol is much more advertised and normalized by social media but so are these types of problems, so young people aren’t afraid to seek help,” continued Jean-Pierre.
In order to stop the binge drinking epidemic, the AA urges young people to be educated on the topic of alcoholism and not hesitate to reach out for help when needed.
For further information, contact AAInformation@gsogb.org.uk
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