Young people are bombarded every day with incorrect information and mixed messages about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The reality is that these substances are all linked with health problems, violence, vehicle crashes, unwanted and unsafe sex and other social problems.

Some warning signs that your child is involved with drugs and alcohol are:

  • Drop in grades
  • Switching friends
  • Emotional highs and lows
  • Defiance to rules and regulations
  • Becoming more secretive
  • Loss of initiative
  • Withdrawing from family functions
  • Suspicion of money and/or alcohol missing
  • Change in weight or hygiene

The above warning signs are just a few warning signs of possible drug and alcohol problems. Parents need to communicate with their teens. If you recognize or are uncomfortable with the changes you see in your child, talk to them.