Teens and Alcohol

November 16, 2009 at 9:42 am 1 comment

Experimentation with alcohol and drugs during adolescence is common.  Unfortunately, teenagers often don’t see the link between their actions today and the consequences tomorrow.  They also have a tendency to feel indestructible and immune to the problems that others experience.

Warning signs of teenage alcohol and drug abuse may include:

Physical: Fatigue, repeated health complaints, red and glazed eyes, and a lasting cough.

Emotional: personality change, sudden mood changes, irritability, irresponsible behavior, low self-esteem, poor judgment, depression, and a general lack of interest.

Family: starting arguments, breaking rules, or withdrawing from the family.

School: decreased interest, negative attitude, drop in grades, many absences, truancy, and discipline problems.

Social problems: new friends who are less interested in standard home and school activities, problems with the law, and changes to less conventional styles in dress and music.

Some of the warning signs listed above can also be signs of other problems.  Parents may recognize signs of trouble and possible abuse of alcohol and other drugs with their teenager. If you have concerns you may want to consult a physician to rule out physical causes of the warning signs. This should often be followed or accompanied by a comprehensive evaluation by a child and adolescent psychiatrist or mental health professional.

I had some friends in high school whom I never thought in a million years would drink.  It can be easy to hide for a while.  It’s when it starts getting out of control and ruining their life when it becomes a serious problem.  Just make sure you’re talking to your teen and trying to be aware of their lives and behaviors.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. amygiles  |  November 17, 2009 at 5:44 am

    Great insights! Awesome blog

    Reply

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