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Signs your teen is drinking alcohol

On Behalf of | Dec 13, 2022 | Drug Charges |

Parents in New York face special challenges these days in the post-COVID parenting landscape. But some risks are the same as they ever were, and one of those dangers is underage drinking.

Teenage alcohol consumption increases risk factors all across the board, from car crashes to drug charges to suicide. And teens who drink regularly are more likely to continue drinking later in life, potentially leading to alcoholism. It’s important to remain vigilant for signs that your teen might be drinking alcohol.

Signs your teen might be planning to drink

One of the best ways to combat teenage drinking is to head it off before it happens in the first place. And that means being watchful for signs that your teen might be planning to go to a party or gathering where alcohol will be present.

If your teen is making efforts to conceal their phone conversations from you, and they’re hesitant or evasive when you ask them about their plans, this is often a sign they’re planning something they know you wouldn’t approve of. Another warning sign can be them asking to spend the night at a friend’s house, as this may mean they don’t want to risk you observing them while under the influence of alcohol.

Signs your teen has possibly been drinking

Most alcoholic beverages have a noticeable smell, and if you smell alcohol on either your teen’s breath or clothing, it’s a sure sign they’ve been drinking. Often, teens will lie or give an excuse about how they came to smell like that, but drinking is nearly always the culprit.

Stay on the lookout for other signs of impairment, like:

  • Slurred speech
  • Stumbling or other signs of physical clumsiness
  • Lack of inhibition
  • Vomiting or other notable illness
  • Unusual drowsiness
  • Inability to concentrate like normal

The signs of drinking can be subtle or blatant, but unexplained alterations in your teen’s behavior are possible warning signs.

Keeping an eye out for telltale signs of teenage drinking lets your make informed decisions as a parent, to protect your child from a serious potential harm.