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The mayo clinic defines alcohol addiction as, "a chronic and often progressive disease that includes problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect (physical dependence), or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking. "

Statistics shows that young men and women (ages 13-25) suffer from alcohol addiction, more so than older and more mature adults. This is because the human brain isn't fully developed until a person is well into their 20's. When a person abuses alcohol at a younger age, that individual is damaging their brain before it has a chance to fully develop. Additionally, young men and women who abuse alcohol at an early age are at high-risk of developing a life-long habit.

In short, it is imperative for young adults and adolescents to receive adequate clinical care when suffering from alcoholism. If not, teens and young adults could meet potentially life suffering, or even fatal, consequences.