Your teen and drugs/alcohol

It is not uncommon for teenagers to try drugs or drink alcohol in their teenage years.  For some they may experiment and make the positive choice not to participate but, there are also those who become dependent on drugs or alcohol. Parenting a teenager who is addicted to drugs or is alcohol dependent can be devastating and you may feel like everything you say is falling on deaf ears. Our section on drugs and alcohol has articles about spotting the signs and having the conversations to help your child stay healthy and safe.

teen drinking vodka
Estimated read: 10 minutes  On average, UK children have their first whole alcoholic drink at just aged 13, and often in a family setting, as it...
illegal drugs
Estimated read: 6 minutes  To avoid making assumptions or worrying unnecessarily, it can be useful to be able to recognise the signs that your c...
illegal drugs
Estimated read: 7 minutes  As a parent, it’s a good idea to fully understand the facts about drugs.  It can often help to sit down an...
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Estimated read: 8 minutes  When your teen asks to have friends to sleep over – maybe after a party – or asks to sleep over at a frie...
drugs
Estimated read: 5 minutes  When a parent finds out their teen has been experimenting with drugs, it can be a huge shock. Knowing what to do for ...
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Estimated read: 13 minutes  There are a number of drugs available that are illegal, legal highs or prescription based drugs. Below is a list of ...

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