It is natural for parents to think that alcoholism only occurs in other households; however, addiction does not discriminate. Alcohol abuse can affect people at almost any age, from the teenage years to adulthood. It can also become a problem for any individual, regardless of income level, race, region or gender.
Even straight-A students can fall prey to the dangers of alcohol abuse. The important thing is to watch for signs of abuse in order to know when it’s time to help an addicted child quickly and effectively.
Common signs among teenagers include:
- A decreased interest in physical appearance.
- Asking for money without a good explanation or stealing items.
- Increased obsession with privacy, such as locking the bedroom door at all times.
- Sudden lack of interest in schoolwork and other responsibilities or activities.
Some common signs of addiction in all ages include the following:
- Decreased appetite and unexplained weight loss
- Memory problems
- Sudden change in personality or behaviors, such as increased irritability
Part of knowing how to help an addicted child is becoming aware of these signs and knowing when to intervene.