HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS:

Is Your Child Drinking?

Is Your Child Drinking?
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Growing teens do get moody as hormones kick in and they face new challenges at school. But if your teen has been acting strangely—or if you’ve noticed a few unusual behaviors at once—it could mean your child is getting into trouble with alcohol.

Here’s what to watch for: 2‐4

  • Alcohol is missing from bottles or cans in your home
  • Breath mints or mouthwash—these may be an attempt to mask the odor of alcohol
  • More sluggish and passive than usual; doesn’t care as much about former interests or appearance
  • Is unusually aggressive or rebellious
  • Hangs around with different friends and is more secretive than usual
  • Skipping school
  • Grades are dropping
  • Borrowing money more
  • Alcohol hidden in your teen’s backpack, car, or room
  • Drunk and intoxicated behavior: your teen stumbles or moves awkwardly, has slurred speech and a dull, unfocused look or bloodshot eyes

Help! My child has a serious alcohol problem. Where can I turn for support?


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CLICK HERE FOR REFERENCES

1. National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Read more

2. National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Read more

3. National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Read more

4. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol.” (Page 21) Read more

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