Topic Overview

You may see changes in your child's relationships with peers if he or she is drinking alcohol or using other drugs. Some questions for you to consider include:

  • Has your child changed friends recently? Has your teen started associating with an older group of children or young adults?
  • What do you know about your child's friends?
  • Do your child's friends seem to have a negative attitude? What is their attitude toward substance use (cigarettes, alcohol, inhalants, and other drugs)?
  • Have your child's friends been in trouble with the law?
  • Does your child spend a lot of time alone? (Some children prefer to use substances when they are alone.)

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction

Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015