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The Hidden Epidemic of Very Young Alcoholics

Signs that your child may be drinking

He or she has a new friend who makes you uneasy, or a friend you've never met; adopts a "nothing matters" attitude; withdraws emotionally, becoming depressed, anxious, or secretive; is having trouble at school. If you see any of these signs and suspect a serious problem, take a whiff of your kid's soft drink or sports drink bottles. Filling empty bottles with alcohol is a common tactic of underage drinkers. And don't forget the most obvious tip-offs: You smell alcohol on your child's breath or find bottles or cans in her backpack or closet.


Originally published on February 1, 2008


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