Our expert says:
Lets see what other experienced moms can contribute here. Some teens do this - become moony and gloopy and solitary and somewhat dramatize their moods, and so on. But some do get depressed, and some may have more serious problems they're not revealing.
It sounds as though a real component of this is feeling shy and awkward socializing, hence getting drunk to feel less inhibited - CBT and other help with social anxiety could help a lot.
But first of all we need a proper assessment to be sure what needs to be dealt with. If she says she doesn't trust the counsellor at school, for good or insufficient reasons, she'd better see a local psychologist ( the school may be able to recommend one ) with experience of teens. A car may really not be what she needs at this stage.
With some family history of alcoholism one would be cautious, as some problem drinking starts with using the alcohol as self-medication for shyness.
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