If you are the parent of minor children, one of your main concerns is most likely ensuring the future of your offspring. Part of this is safeguarding them from making mistakes with long-term negative impacts.
Underage drinking is a significant issue in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 2019 survey found that in the 30 days prior to data collection, 29% of high schoolers consumed alcohol. This is an activity that may have legal consequences. If you worry that your kid is one of the ones participating in it, there are some signs that may validate or calm your worries.
1. The sudden appearance of school-related problems
A major indicator is an unanticipated decline in grades and attendance. An uptick in disciplinary actions or complaints from the school is also a red flag. This especially holds true if your child was previously a model student, and the changes are recent and seemingly for no reason.
2. A drastic change in mood
Alcohol affects the mind. Mood swings, increased irritability, random outbursts and defensiveness are potential symptoms of partaking of beverages containing it. So are a drop in energy and loss of interest in former hobbies.
3. A surge of unexpected rebellious behavior
If your normally well-behaved child revolts against normal house rules, this may also indicate the involvement of alcohol. This includes constantly fighting with you.
Note that each of these on its own may also be a simple manifestation of growing up. These are also behaviors commonly displayed by those experiencing a difficult time in life or suffering from mental illnesses such as anxiety or depression. Focusing on providing your child with aid and being careful not to blame or accuse may help resolve issues faster and more effectively.