Drug, alcohol and substance misuse
Look out for the signs
There are many reasons why young people may start to drink or use drugs. They want to show they
are growing up and see it as a sign of maturity. They may also feel under pressure from friends to
experiment. It is also seen as a means of escape and having fun.
There are many tell-tale signs that your child may be using drugs or alcohol, refer to the tell-tale signs
section. There may be a change in relationships with family and friends, how they act or a change in
performance at school.
Other signs can involve changes in a financial situation and personal possessions ‘disappearing’ and
It is important to discuss drugs and alcohol early with your child. Some parents worry that doing this
may encourage their child to use drugs but avoiding talking about drugs will not protect them.
If you or someone at home uses drugs or alcohol you are seriously affecting the care and well-being
of your children.
- Children of users are more likely to become addicts.
- Most children will be aware of drugs and alcohol before they leave primary school.
- Children will be more responsive to being told about the risks.
- Provide good information about the dangers. It does not guarantee non-use but will increase the
chance of an informed choice.