• Smelling of alcohol
  • Wanting to stay over in friends’ houses, especially after discos or parties
  • Suddenly using breath mints or brushing teeth more often
  • Using too much perfume or aftershave
  • Becoming very secretive (more so than usual)
  • Lacking co-ordination in speech and movement
  • Being excitable, giddy or moody
  • Changing sleep patterns or being tired during the day
  • Lacking interest in anything
  • Getting poor grades and skipping school
  • Borrowing money
  • Stealing and lying


Some of these signs may be similar to the normal behaviour changes that teenagers go through, so it is important not to jump to conclusions.

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