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Know the Signs

Know the Signs

Know the Signs of Underage Drinking

You probably think you’d know if your child is drinking underage, but the signs aren’t always so easy to spot. Keep an eye out for the warning signs below and view possible indicators in this mock-bedroom scene.

Physical

  • Smell of alcohol on breath or sudden, frequent use of breath mints
  • Slurred or rapid speech
  • Coordination problems
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Noticeable changes in weight and appetite

Mood and Behavioral Changes

  • Changes in mood, including irritability and defensiveness
  • Switching to a new friend group
  • Decreased interest in appearance
  • Lack of interest in favorite activities
  • School problems such as poor attendance, low grades, and disciplinary actions
  • Poor concentration
  • Rebellious attitude

Also, if your child asks or jokes about alcohol in casual conversation or mentions that some of their friends are drinking, this may be an indication that they’re thinking about trying it.

Use these conversations to voice your disapproval of underage drinking and alert your child to the dangers.

Is your child already drinking?
If you suspect your child may be drinking underage, try talking to them about it, increasing family quality time, and monitoring their activities more closely. If you feel they need professional help, find Idaho and national treatment resources.

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