Signs My Teen May Be Drinking

Signs my teen may be drinking

It is difficult as parents to consistently monitor what our teens are doing throughout the day, day in and day out. And with our lives becoming more and more transparent through the variety of social media platforms that we use, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to expect kids to refrain from underage abuse of alcohol and drugs without being properly armed with the right social tools to fight peer pressure. As parents, we should always try to be engage. What are the signs my teen may be drinking? Has their behavior changed in anyway? Are there certain warning signs that I should be looking our for?

We’ve written a few blogs posts on the topic and have also provided resources to help parents, and teens, to stay far away from alcohol and drug use. While some of the signs my teen may be drinking may be obvious, sometimes it can be difficult to tell. Additionally, there are both physical signs, and behavioral signs that are often indicative of a similar problem. If your teen exhibits any of the warnings signs listed below, ask yourself, could these be signs my teen may be drinking?

Warning signs my teen may be drinking

Alcohol Use/Abuse Physical Warning Signs

  • Incoherent or slurred speech
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Changes in appetite and/or sleep patterns
  • Reduced interest in personal grooming, hygiene and physical appearance
  • Injuries or bruises that your teen doesn’t remember happening
  • Smell of alcohol on breath, body, or clothing
  • Alcohol missing from house

Alcohol Use/Abuse Behavioral Warning Signs

  • Drop in grades
  • Getting in trouble at school, or with the law
  • Increase in arguments, fights, accidents
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, hobbies and/or sports
  • Missing money/valuables or frequent money requests
  • Increased isolation, social withdrawal, and locking of doors
  • Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts
  • Change in personality and/or attitude
  • Sudden mood changes, irritability, outbursts
signs my teen may be drinking