- Loss of self esteem
- Mood swings
- Easily Annoyed
- Changes in likes and dislikes to a more unconventional
style (such as with music, hair, and clothing)
- Increasing agitation and irritability
- Missing school
- Cutting class
- A drop in grades
- Getting into fights or severe conflict with parents
- Hanging out with a new, possibly older, crowd of
- Isolating one's self in a room
- Getting in trouble at school or with the law
- A significant weight gain or loss
- Red or glassy eyes
- Extreme fatigue
- Poor health
Cancer: Mouth, esophagus and stomach
cancer occur frequently in alcoholics, due to the irritation effects
- Liver damage: Cirrhosis (a scarring of liver), alcoholic
hepatitis and cancer of the liver are often caused by alcoholism.
- Suicide: Severe depression typically accompanies alcoholism.
A very high number of suicides are related to drug and alcohol use.
- Accidents: Drinking and driving is major cause of death
in America. Approximately half of all highway deaths are alcohol related.
Alcohol-related accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers.
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Drug Abuse Among Teenagers. 1999. Health
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Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery. What is
Chemical Dependency. Proctor Hospital and BroMenn Regional Medical
Center. July 15, 2003. <www.addictionrecov.org/cdwhat.htm>