How to identify alcohol abuse in Teens

Although it is illegal to serve alcohol to minors, teenagers do find ways of getting around laws and some parents do allow their children drink. However this becomes problematic when teenagers develop alcohol addiction problems, which is why recognising the signs is so important.


While the symptoms can be similar or exactly the same as adult alcoholic’s symptoms, some of the most common symptoms of alcohol abuse in teenagers include lying, making excuses, breaking curfew, staying in their room, becoming verbally or physically abusive toward others, having items in their possession that are connected to alcohol use, the smell of alcohol on their breath or body, mood swings, stealing, and changes in friends.

Teenagers often suffer from alcohol poisoning because they don’t know when to stop and their bodies are not fully developed to cope with the amount of alcohol they may put in it. This is the potentially fatal result of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time, the body is not able to process the amount of alcohol introduced to it.


While parents play the biggest role in influencing teenagers, peer pressure is also a major cause of drinking. Parents can’t prevent their teenagers from experimenting with alcohol, but they can encourage sensible drinking habits and display a good example for their children to follow.



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