Wry Exchange

Exchange Student Warning Signs
01-25-08, 11:45 pm
Filed under: Culture, Exchange Students | Tags: ,

I receive many silly exchange student forwards.  This one was funny to me.

According to http://www.drugfree.org, these are the warning signs somebody you know is abusing drugs or alcohol, but to exchange students these signs are familiar.  (tongue-in-cheek)
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
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
Alcohol missing from your supply
Prescription medicine missing
Money missing
Valuables missing
Disappearances for long periods of time
Running away
Secretive phone calls
Unusual containers or wrappers


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