Signs of Underage Alcohol Use
Most of those working in America’s educational systems already know the facts about
underage drinking. Underage drinking is harmful:
- It can result in death and disability, poor academic performance, high-risk behaviors,
- It adversely affects the adolescent developing brain.
- It increases the likelihood of chronic alcohol problems.
Warning signs can help educators spot an alcohol problem, especially if the behavior
occurs suddenly or seems extreme. Concern should be even greater if several of these warning
signs occur at the same time.
- Experiencing school problems, poor attendance, low grades, and/or recent disciplinary action
- Rebelling against family rules
- Switching friends, along with a reluctance to let you get to know the new friends
- Having a sloppy appearance
- Lacking involvement in former interests
- Exhibiting mood changes, flare-ups, irritability, and defensiveness
- Having a "nothing matters" attitude
- Having memory lapses
- Having poor concentration
- Low energy
- Bloodshot eyes
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech
What should you do if you observe signs of underage alcohol use?