Encourage your child to call you for a safe ride home. If you get that phone call: Pick up your child and get him or her home safely. Be calm and not angry on the way home. If the established household rule has been broken, pick the soonest appropriate time to discuss consequences together. It may be best to wait until the next day. Talk again about the rules and consequences. You only want to keep him or her safe from harm COULD YOUR CHILD HAVE A DRINKING PROBLEM? Here are some signs that your child may have a problem with alcohol: Alcohol is missing from bottles or cans in your home You’ve discovered alcohol hidden in their backpack or room They’re using breath mints or mouthwash heavily— these may be an attempt to mask the odor of alcohol
They are more sluggish and passive than usual, and don’t care as much about former interests or appearance They are unusually aggressive or rebellious They’re hanging around with different friends and is more secretive than usual They’re struggling with grades or skipping school They’re borrowing money more often They’re acting drunk and intoxicated, stumbling or moving awkwardly, slurring speech and have a dull, unfocused look or bloodshot eyes. These signs suggest your child may have a drinking problem. If you think your son or daughter might have a drinking problem, do not turn your back on the problem.
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