If you think your child has a problem with how they use alcohol, talk with them about it. There is a self-test for young people to take at the Australian Drug Foundation website which asks the following questions. You might like to use it as a starting point for your conversation about teen alcoholism if you’re concerned:
- Do you use alcohol to feel more self-confident, more sociable, or more powerful?
- Do you ever drink after you have a problem at home or at school?
- Have you lost friends because of your alcohol use or started hanging out with a heavy drinking group of friends?
- Do you feel guilty or really bad after using alcohol because you don’t know what happened the night before?
- Have you been in trouble at home or school, missed school or needed medical attention because of alcohol?
- Do you consume more alcohol than your friends regularly do?
- Do you think you have a problem with alcohol?
If your child needs help taking steps to reduce their dependence on alcohol there are services available that a GP or psychologist can refer you or your teenager to.