National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

East San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys Inc.

How Can I Tell if a Someone Has a Problem with Alcohol or Other Drugs?

If your friend or loved one has one or more of the following signs, he or she may have a problem with drugs or alcohol:

  • Getting high on drugs or getting drunk on a regular basis.
  • Lying about things, or the amount of drugs or alcohol they are using.
  • Avoiding you and others in order to get high or drunk.
  • Giving up activities they used to do such as sports, homework, or hanging out with  friends who don’t use drugs or drink.
  • Having to use more alcohol or other drugs to get the same effects.
  • Constantly talking about using drugs or drinking.
  • Believing that in order to have fun they need to drink or use other drugs.
  • Pressuring others to use drugs or drink.
  • Getting into trouble with the law.
  • Feeling run-down, hopeless, depressed, or even suicidal.
  • Suspension from school for an alcohol-or drug-related incident.
  • Missing work or poor work performance because of drinking or drug use.