Signs if Someone Uses Alcohol

Physical Signs

* Change in sleeping patterns
* Bloodshot eyes
* Slurred or agitated speech
* Sudden or dramatic weight loss or gain
* Skin abrasions/bruises
* Neglected appearance/poor hygiene
* Sick more frequently
* Accidents or injuries

Behavioral Signs

* Hiding use; lying and covering up
* Sense that the person will “do anything” to use again regardless of consequences
* Loss of control or choice of use (drug-seeking behavior)
* Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
* Emotional instability
* Hyperactive or hyper-aggressive
* Depression
* Missing school or work
* Failure to fulfill responsibilities at school or work
* Complaints from teachers or co-workers
* Reports of intoxication at school or work
* Furtive or secretive behavior
* Avoiding eye contact
* Locked doors
* Going out every night
* Change in friends or peer group
* Change in clothing or appearance
* Unusual smells on clothing or breath
* Heavy use of over-the-counter preparations to reduce eye reddening, nasal irritation, or bad breath
* Hidden stashes of alcohol
* Prescription medicine missing
* Money missing
* Valuables missing
* Disappearances for long periods of time
* Running away
* Secretive phone calls
* Unusual containers or wrappe