Children of Alcoholics/Addicts

Signs and Symptoms

  • Disheveled, unkempt, or just inappropriate appearance
  • Unusually sleepy
  • Academic or other performance levels may fluctuate
  • Children may have unusual or sophisticated knowledge of drinking practices or drug use, or may become extremely uncomfortable when issues regarding alcohol or other drugs are discussed.
  • Depressed or withdrawn
  • Behavioral problems
  • Complaints of stomachaches, headaches or other physical ailments, with no explainable cause, often at the same time every day

Children of Alcoholics Foundation website

Frequently Asked Questions from the University of Arizona


National Association For Children Of Alcoholics (NACoA)

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board- Alcohol overdose and how to prevent it