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What are the signs of alcohol abuse in a teen?

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine 44 years experience
Underage drinking: Technically, ingestion of any illegal substance constitutes abuse. Teens may not legally drink alcohol. Therefore a teen who is drinking alcohol is suffering from alcohol abuse.
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Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Functioning: Impairment of functioning in all major life areas are signs of substance abuse. These include problems in the family, with friends, with work and school. Also, a change in a person from their usual levels of functioning may point to a substance abuse problem.
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology 33 years experience
Various: Safe use is far far less for a teen especially younger teens. Abuse has significant social, health or other impact on functioning. Frequent binges, missing school, withdrawal symptoms, intoxication, mood changes are all trouble. See http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/talking%20to%20your%20adolescent%20who%20drinks.Mht for more help on talking to your teen abut drinking.
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