Warning Signs

Warning Signs That A Student Has A Drinking Problem

Many teachers feel they have no control over what happens outside the classroom. That’s simply not true. With the amount of time students spend in school, teachers are one of their closest connections to the adult world. They are role models, mentors, and even friends. Encouraging students not to drink can keep them on the right track, which means a better learning environment in the classroom.

If you suspect a student may be using alcohol but you are not sure, look for the following warning signs:
  1. Mood changes such as: flare-ups of temper, irritability, and defensiveness.
  2. Poor attendance, a drop in grades, and/or recent disciplinary action.
  3. Rebelling against rules in school and at home.
  4. Hanging out with a new crowd.
  5. A nonchalant attitude, sloppy appearance, lack of involvement in former interests, general low energy.
  6. Physical or mental problems such as: memory lapses, poor concentration, bloodshot eyes, lack of coordination, or slurred speech.
  7. Secretiveness or dishonesty.
This and more information like this is available at Alcoholfreechildren.org