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Some parents know for a fact that their teen is already drinking, but others have nothing more to go on than nagging suspicions. If in doubt, you can always try asking. If you’re still not sure, look for these possible signs of a drinking habit, courtesy of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Odor of alcohol on your teen’s breath. Teens are particularly vulnerable to alcohol use. In an effort to become more independent, teens begin to take risks and seek out new and thrilling situations.

This might include drinking alcohol. Teens also begin to feel more self-conscious and look to friends and the media for clues on how they measure up. Signs Your Teen Has Been Drinking. If your teen comes home from a party and you smell alcohol on their breath or clothing, it is a sure sign they’ve been drinking. They may try to evade you or lie about why they smell like alcohol. If your teen is stumbling, slurring their speech, or acting out of character, these are also signs that there has been alcohol or drug use.

Experts believe that a drinking problem is more likely if you notice several of these signs at the same time, if they occur suddenly, or if some of them are extreme in nature. Mood changes: flare-ups of temper, irritability, and defensiveness. Problem drinking is an umbrella term covering binge drinking, heavy drinking, and alcohol use disorder (AUD) – a pattern of compulsive alcohol consumption, loss of control over how much alcohol the person consumes, and withdrawal symptoms, especially negative emotional state and intense cravings when the person does not consume alcohol.

While we do not recommend giving consequences if you do not have proof that your teen was doing anything wrong, you can watch your child’s behavior more closely and follow up with him as needed. We also recommend letting your child know what the consequences will be if you discover that he has been drinking. As soon as you take a sip of alcohol, it increases your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level.

The higher that BAC goes, the more likely you are to show outward signs of impairment. If you’re unsure of how much someone around you has had to drink, look for symptoms including: Slurred speech; Lowered inhibitions; Impaired coordination and motor skills. If there is a history of alcohol abuse within the family, your teen has been exposed to its ugliness first hand. Whether it is a parent, an aunt or uncle, a grandparent or some other person, there is already an awareness of the bad that it does.

That’s the third thing we want to say to you: if your friends tell you they think you’re an alcoholic, and your response is anything like “Nah, I just drink too much,” then you need to get your head out of the sand and face some hard facts. If you drink every day, you might need a medical detox – because going cold turkey from daily. Use your nose.

Have a real, face-to-face conversation when child comes home after hanging out with friends. If there has been drinking or smoking, the smell will be on their breath, on clothing and in their hair. Look them in the eyes.

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Alternatively, alcohol-dependent adolescents do report blackouts, cravings, risky sexual behavior, reduced activity level, and affective symptoms.

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by Peter M. Miller
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Signs & symptoms of youth drinking and drug use.

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• Look for any signs of alcohol—related disorders.

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In later stages of alcoholism, possible signs and symptoms include unexplained traumatic injuries or mood swings, unresponsiveness to sedatives, poor personal hygiene, and secretive behavior (possibly an attempt to hide disease or alcohol supply).

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When a person becomes dependent on alcohol, he or she develops withdrawal symptoms such as headache, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, and fatigue.

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Softened or covered up the obvious signs of alcohol abuse (e.g., blackouts, tremors, puffy face, bloodshot eyes, hangovers) 1 2 3 4 5 40.

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Behavioral symptoms include feeling guilty and annoyed, being unable to stop drinking after starting, missing work or appointments, hurting yourself or others, and not remembering what was done while drinking.

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If alcohol is withheld from them, they will quickly show signs of physical dependence, with trembling, nausea, and sometimes delirium.

“The Perspectives of Psychiatry” by Paul R. McHugh, Phillip R. Slavney
from The Perspectives of Psychiatry
by Paul R. McHugh, Phillip R. Slavney
Wolters Kluwer Health, LWW, 1998

Questions 1–3 address the quantity of alcohol consumed, 4–6 the signs and symptoms of dependence and 7–10 the behaviours and symptoms associated with harmful alcohol use.

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Assuming an adolescent uses, asking “How much do you drink?”

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  • I was 12 drinking stroh 60% and bacardi 37.5 and 14year old me was drinking the polish 95% alcohol and that time i was wasted cleaning up my friends puke so i could sleep he threw up all over the bed we would sleep on can you imagine cleaning up your frienda puke matress while wasted and on the verge of adding to the pile and the worst part he was passed out in his pile of puke so i had to wake up my passed out friend and that didnt go well so i just passed out on the floor and woke up my friend had shit himself and i had pissed my pants so i was hungover cleaning my clothes and his bed so i was at his place in my underwear

  • Had my first beer when I was 14. I stole it from my dad lol. I think it’s even more fun knowing you’re not supposed to be doing it

  • I’m 15 and I tried apple flavoured vodka for the first time in my life right now and its horribly bitter so I added large amount of aerated drink to it and them drank it

  • Im 14 and alcohol smells gross to me and as for drugs im to lazy shot up or smoke or even eat my drug is binge episodes of once upon a time on Netflix

  • I’m 14 and most of the people in my year drink (most don’t binge drink though) including me but I do it quite safely. Honestly I just find it fun when I’m with my friends to have a sesh and I live in Scotland so people just drink whatever age they want even though it’s technically illegal.

  • 4 more drinks in a row…? Only? I guess Im an alcoholic��… Well im 17 but I also live in Germany and have a Russian family sooooo…..

  • In Belfast we binge drink starting from 13, my 13th birthday was spent in a field with a few mates and some vodka, it’s not as bad as it sounds

  • I’m in highschool and I am fully aware I don’t get enough sleep. I want to, really, but for some reason, I work faster and better past 8. I usually finish at 12, and then I wake up at 6. On the weekend, I sleep. Like that is literally all I do. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Then I get up and panic about how much shit I have to do.

  • lol, might count as bad parenting but I was 5 (drinking laws are weird in UK but technically it was legal) but I had my first half pint with a meal, then my dad sat me down at 12 and let me and him share a couple glasses of jack.

  • I had my first drink at maybe 11 but that was with my parents. I had my first drink alone with some friends when I was 13, shared a couple large bottles so I guess it was binge drinking.

  • 16… that was the time I got drunk… but at the time… I was really smart enough to know how it effects me but yeah it doesn’t affect my mind and doesn’t affect how I think, see, or realize… but it effect how I do or talk or anything like that… I was just studying why it makes them stupid… and I can see why xD so yeah I did nothing but drink few shots then to my room… and they are right about one thing… it is a depressant xD so yeah just don’t drink ;D or you will do something you might regret… xD yeah just think fast if you can or are you that stupid… jk

  • Is it bad that I started drinking weekly at the age of 13 and was binge drinking weekly by the age of 14??? I never thought anything of it until now

  • 13 is when my dad got me my first beer. And shortly there after me and many of my other friends started drinking, binge drinking by definition. Alot of fun and stupid things were done in my teen years but they sure were alot of fun.

  • At my church all the second graders that go to catacisum have to try the unblessed bread and wine before the first communion. Lol i remember all the kids faces after trying the wine and the parents laughing

  • I’m 14 i was drunk yesterday and Friday started drinking at 13. I drink every Friday with most of my friends. My parents don’t know I drink because I sleep at my friends house but they now know boys sleep. When I’m drunk I find it easier to be sociable since we meet new people. What are you meant to expect from a 14 year old Geordie girls haha

  • first got drunk at the age of 7…. parents were lik here try this, mixed mint with 7 up… best shit ever. so when they left me alone i made more. then the rest of the night was a blank…..

  • Avoiding substance addiction is the easiest thing anyone could ever do. Humans are not predisposed to crave substances. If you never try it, you can’t be addicted. Anyone reckless enough to become an addict deserves a complimentary Darwin award.

  • I just cannot get myself around to trusting someone who doesn’t drink. Specially if I have one in my own hand. More so if the reason for not drinking is non-religious.
    Its like, they are sitting there smugly plotting against me.
    Never trust a non-drinker.!

  • When i was 12 i tried beer i trew up �� last month i tried beer again i trew up 14 �� i dont think i will drink plus i find it stupid ��

  • My parents always let me have a drink of their alcoholic drinks from the age of eight so I could try it, they believed that if they showed me I can have it I won’t go behind their backs and lie to them about drinking.

  • I know I’m predisposed to get addicted to things already. I’m pretty much staying away from alcohol. It’s not that I’m reckless or anything, but I do develop addictive behavior quickly (craving chewing gum, biting my nails, popping pimples, binge sugar-eating, etc.)

  • I’m 17 and I’ve never drank or done drugs. Both of my grandpas were alcoholics (and died from liver failure) so I have a greater risk of becoming an alcoholic, too. I’m choosing not to mess with alcohol until my brain has finished developing.

  • If u don’t get enough sleep as teenagers then u also don’t grow up much in height…
    Your life exists till your body is functioning…so y not take care of it….I noe everyBODY is different and everyBODY isn’t perfect….bodies have 2 b cared for 😉

  • Started sneaking away bottles of beer from my parents fridge at 13, I’d throw it over into the neighbors yard or bushes when I finished.