Skip to contentSkip to navigation

Symptoms of Alcohol/Drug Use

Use of alcohol and drugs can result in the following:


  • Decreased performance & absenteeism
  • Drowsiness & mood swings
  • Poor judgment & coordination tremors
  • Lower morale/self esteem & increase in conflict with others
  • More accidents
  • Frequent "flu-like" symptoms


  • Disruption of space and distance judgment
  • Slower physical reflexes and poor coordination; dilated pupils
  • Forgetfulness and diminishing mental powers
  • Drowsiness and mood swings


  • Shortened attention span
  • Mood swings, euphoria, irritability, depression
  • Impairment of judgment and decision-making ability
  • Stealing to cover cost of drug
  • Lack of dependability
  • Runny nose and excessive sweating

Opiates (Heroin, pain pills, Codeine, Darvon, Vicodin, Percodan)

  • Impaired judgment and lowered efficiency
  • Crime (stealing to cover cost of drug)
  • Drowsiness and mood swings
  • Constricted pupils, impaired reflexes
  • Disinterest in workplace safety

Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, MDMA (Ecstacy), Designer Drugs)

  • Loss of memory and concentration
  • Pupil changes, may be dilated/constricted
  • Sudden bizarre changes in behavior
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Moodiness and interpersonal conflict

Amphetamines (Benzedrine, Dexedrine - cross tops, whites, uppers; Methamphetamines - crank, crystal)

  • Dilated pupils
  • Increased accidents
  • Impaired reflexes
  • Impaired judgment and decision-making
  • Hyperactivity, irritability, anxiety, depression
  • Decreased appetite, weight loss, tremors

Sedatives (Barbiturates; tranquilizers - Valium,Xanax; Seconal, Tuinal - reds, downers)

  • Slowed reflexes and lower productivity
  • Memory loss
  • Slowed mental processes and depression
  • Slurred speech