There's no easy way to figure out if your adolescent has a teen alcoholism problem.
As you'll see, many of the signs and symptoms of teen alcohol abuse can also be considered as typical adolescent behavior.
Remember, your intuition is your best parenting tool. You know you child better than anyone else, so if you think your child has changed in some way she or he probably has.
Scruffy personal appearance.
Red, flushed cheeks or face.
Chewing gum or mints to cover up breath.
Heavy use of over-the-counter preparations to reduce eye reddening, nasal irritation, or bad breath.
Frequently breaks curfew.
Avoiding eye contact.
Secretive phone calls.
Reckless driving, car accidents or unexplained dents in the car.
Change in relationships with family members or friends.
Mood changes or emotional instability.
Makes endless excuses.
Unable to speak intelligibly, slurred speech, or rapid-fire speech.
Truancy or loss of interest in schoolwork.
Failure to fulfill responsibilities at school or work.
Sudden or dramatic weight gain or loss.
Disappearance of money or valuables
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