Substance Abuse And Alcohol Consumption Essay

1583 Words Oct 21st, 2016 7 Pages
Lauren’s alcohol consumption, especially in the form of binge drinking, is a form of substance abuse and is considered a health-risk behaviour (Buultjens & Buultjens, 2015). Therefore, it is important to note that active substance abuse correlates with poor adherence to prescribed treatments in adolescents (Costello et al., 2016). Furthermore, it is observed that adolescents who display one type of risk-taking behavior are more likely to engage in further forms of risk-taking in regard to their health (Bender, 2006). Specifically, this indicates that Lauren has a higher likelihood of deliberate non-adherence to her asthma medication due to a disregard for the health-related consequences of her choices (Ahmad & Sorensen, 2016).

Not only this, but Lauren’s alcohol consumption may be, as Rob suggests, partially responsible for Lauren feeling “anxious”, “irritable” and “always tired”, as described in the case enquiry. It is particularly interesting to note that instances of heavy alcohol consumption may directly promote anxiety or depressive symptoms in adolescents (Kushnera, Abramsa, & Borchardta, 2000; Hussong, Hicks, Levy, & Curran, 2001; Torikka, Kaltiala-Heino, Rimpelä, Rimpelä, & Rantanen, 2001). Such mood disturbances are themselves risk-factors for non-adherence (Opolski & Wilson, 2005). Particularly, the difficulty adhering to prescribed medication may arise from negative effects on motivation and emotional investment in treatment (Taddeo, Egedy, & Frappier, 2008;…

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