Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Teen Drinking: Tips to Know if your Teen is Drinking

April is Alcohol Awareness Month.

Let's take extra steps to learn more about keeping our kids safe -- it is prom season and graduation parties are here.  Everyone knows that drinking and driving do not mix.

Is your child drinking?

Growing teens do get moody as hormones kick in and they face new challenges at school. But if your teen has been acting strangely—or if you’ve noticed a few unusual behaviors at once—it could mean your child is getting into trouble with alcohol.

Here’s what to watch for:
  • Alcohol is missing from bottles or cans in your home
  • Breath mints or mouthwash—these may be an attempt to mask the odor of alcohol
  • More sluggish and passive than usual; doesn’t care as much about former interests or appearance
  • Is unusually aggressive or rebellious
  • Hangs around with different friends and is more secretive than usual
  • Skipping school
  • Grades are dropping
  • Borrowing money more
  • Alcohol hidden in your teen’s backpack, car, or room
  • Drunk and intoxicated behavior: your teen stumbles or moves awkwardly, has slurred speech and a dull, unfocused look or bloodshot eyes 
Source: - Power of Parents

Be an educated parent, you will have safer and healthier kids.

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