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Teens Are Three Times Likely to Become Heavy Drinkers When Parents Supply Alcohol


Parents who provide their teenage children alcohol are increasing the chances of their offspring thrice to becomeheavy drinkers, according to a new study by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Center.


When kids are introduced to alcohol at an early age, it triples their chances of developing a drinking habit by the time they reach their late teenage years, said the centre based at the University of New South Wales.


According to Professor Richard Mattick from the research center, many parents who allow their children while still young to taste alcohol believe doing so teaches their kids responsible drinking when they grow up.


“But we’re just finding that rather than moderating drinking, kids are drinking more … the evidence suggests that if you are trying to moderate their drinking, giving them alcohol actually does the reverse,” Mattick told ABC News.


He said that children often mistake their parent’s permissive attitude as a green light for them to drink and even imbibe more liquor.


“This is also a problem in the United States as you have many parents that want to be ‘cool parents’in the eyes of their teens. It’s time they start rethinking this behavior,” said Brady Granier, COO of BioCorRx Inc.


The study had about 2,000 families as respondents. Theresearchers observed their drinking habits over four years.


While the study did not equate heavy drinking with alcoholism, concerned groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby pointed out that there is a growing culture of binge drinking among young Aussies.


The group’s observation is backed up by a recent report from the Australia Bureau of Statistics that binge drinking is a growing middle-class problem in Australia. The report said over 700,000 Aussies imbibe at least 11 drinks in a sitting every week.


Dr Steve Parnis, an emergency physician and AMA vice president, said binge drinking affects people in various ways such as road trauma, domestic violence, mental illness, depression or gastrointestinal bleeding. On the physical side, the effect of imbibing 11 drinks a day includes body tremors, hallucinations, agitation and delirium caused by alcohol withdrawal, Parnis added.


He warned, “I’ve treated people who’ve died as a direct result of alcohol abuse, they got so drunk they vomited and aspirated it into their lungs and couldn’t be revived.”


There are various groups that deal with alcohol problems such as Alcoholics Anonymous.




There are also new solutions to address alcohol addiction like one from BioCorRx, Inc. (OTCQB: BICX), which has developed an innovative approach to alcohol and opioid abuse treatment called the Start Fresh Program that is believed by some experts to be a “game-changer” in the rehabilitation sector. The Start Fresh Program is a two-tiered program used by local addiction clinics across the United States which involves an outpatient medical procedure and psycho-social coaching. 


BioCoRx’s first component involves an outpatient medical procedure to embed a biodegradable naltrexone implant under theabdominal skin and fatty tissue. The implant then delivers therapeutic levels of the antagonist drug, naltrexone, into the bloodstream which can curb one’s cravings for alcohol or opioids.


The second tier of the program involves a private, one-on-one coaching program to address the specific needs of the alcoholics and addicts, as well as to help him or her plan for a life free from substance abuse.


Learn more information about the Start Fresh Program and about possible investment opportunities with BioCorRx, Inc. by visiting its new investor relations website

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