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Drinkaware provides you with information to make informed decisions about the effects of alcohol on your life.

NHS Alcohol Effects
Learn more about the hidden effects of alcohol on your health.

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Alcohol signs

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Experimentation with alcohol during adolescence is common.

While some teens will experiment and stop, or continue to use occasionally, without significant problems, others will develop a dependency.

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Although any teen is susceptible in abusing alcohol, there are certain groups of individuals that may be at more risk than others.

Those who have a family history of alcohol abuse

Those suffering from depression or other anxiety disorders

Those who feel the need to "fit in" or who easily succumb to peer pressure

Those who suffer from low self-esteem

Those who have suffered any childhood trauma
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Teens will abuse alcohol for a variety of reasons, but how can you tell if your teen is at risk?

What sort of warning signs should you look out for?

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Signs of Alcohol Abuse

Red/blood shot eyes

Increased fatigue/sleep problems

Changes in weight (increase or decrease)

Unexplained injuries (could be caused by accidents that occur while drinking)

Frequent headaches, nausea, sensitivity to sound (especially in the morning due to hangover)

Slurred speech/unable to communicate effectively

Lack of concentration

Whiteouts - unable to account for specific periods of time

Withdrawal from family

Loss of interest in previous hobbies/activities


Mood Swings

Change in the choice of friends/peer group

Problems at school

Alcohol or money missing from the family home
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