At home parents or caregivers may notice:
- Their child becoming secretive and not volunteering information about where they are going or what they are doing with their friends.
- Missing alcohol from liquor cabinets or other places in the home.
- Their child appearing to suffer from a hangover in the morning.
- Their child’s eating habits abruptly changing.
- Spending money quickly and not being able to account for where they spent it.
In a school setting parents or school professionals may notice:
- A child starts to have frequent absences from school.
- A decline in a child’s grades.
- A child who has begun to have difficulty with concentrating in class.
- A child may have a sudden decline in the amount of time they spend doing their normal extracurricular activities such as sports.
In a social setting you may notice:
- A sudden change in friends. A child’s new friends may use substances.
- A child may start to use substances simply to get intoxicated instead of experimenting.
- Sudden changes to personality.