Teen alcohol abuse is a problem that is becoming more prevalent with each passing year. According to a national survey of 43,093 adults published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 47% of those who begin drinking alcohol before the age of 14 become alcohol dependent at some time in their lives, compared with 9% of those who do not drink until at least age 21.
If you suspect your teen is abusing alcohol, there are several signs that you can take as warnings. Below, you'll find those signs.
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- Sudden use of breath mints or gum
- Smell of alcohol on breath, body, or clothing
- Slurred speech
- Shaking, tremors or seizures without a history of epilepsy
- Poor personal grooming, hygiene and physical appearance
- Poor coordination
- Injuries or bruises that your teen can’t remember how they happened
- Incoherent or slurred speech
- Finding alcohol in your teen’s room or with belongings
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in appetite
- Bloodshot eyes
- Alcohol missing from house, discovering watered-down bottles of alcohol
There are also behavioral changes you should watch for as well. While the warning signs above are important, behavioral changes might suggest a more serious addiction.
- Using eye drops to hide bloodshot eyes
- Unexplained change in personality and/or attitude
- Sudden mood changes, irritability, outbursts
- Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts
- Refusing to discuss new friends, activities
- Missing school or classes
- Missing money or valuables or frequently asking for money
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, hobbies or sports
- Locking doors
- Increased isolation, silence, being withdrawn
- Increase in secretive or suspicious behaviors
- Increase in arguments, fights, accidents
- Getting in trouble at school, or with the law
- Drop in grades
- Avoiding eye contact
For more information about teen alcohol abuse and how to deal with it, visit back with our next blog post.
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If your teen son or daughter is suffering from a substance abuse problem, it's time to get them some help. While it’s easy for them to believe they are alone in this struggle that is the farthest thing from the truth. There are numerous teens and young adults dealing with addiction, all over the world. Regardless of how bad drug or alcohol use has become, help is always available. Contact Legacy Freedom if your teen needs alcohol rehab in Charlotte NC. We are here to help them get back on track to a healthier, happier life.
Visit other blog posts in this series below:
- Teen Alcohol abuse - An Overview
- Teen Alcohol abuse Part 1 - The Warning Signs
- Teen Alcohol abuse Part 2 - Alcohol Rehab
- Teen Alcohol abuse Part 3 - Alcohol Rehab, Continued
- Teen Alcohol abuse Part 4: After Rehab