Over consumption of alcohol among college students is a serious problem. Students generally do not fully understand the effects of alcohol - they succumb easily to peer-pressure, and are unable to handle the new freedom living away from home brings.
Alcohol is a drug that acts as a depressant on the central nervous and respiratory systems. Approximately 9,000,000 Americans are addicted to alcohol, making it the most serious drug problem in the United States.
Signs of Alcohol Abuse:
- Use of alcohol during the class day
- Missed course work because of drinking
- Drinking when there is an important reason not to
- Significant changes in mood or behavior
- Becoming violent when drinking
- Drinking more than friends
- Drinking alone
- Drinking to intoxication
- Trouble with police or university officials because of drinking
- Drinking to escape
- Expressed concern about drinking from others (often met with denial of an alcohol problem)
- Blackouts and/or loss of memory while drinking
- Drinking is the primary reason for getting together
What to do:
If you recognize any of these signs in yourself or a friend, you should try to get help. This can be very difficult, but it is necessary if they are to control their problem.
- Select an appropriate time and place
- Let them know you are genuinely concerned
- Be direct, don't beat around the bush
- Describe specific behaviors, don't evaluate
- Offer to accompany them to an appropriate office so they can discuss their alcohol use and get assistance
- Be prepared to encounter excuses, broken promises, challenges, attempts to redirect the conversation, and passing the behavior off as no big deal
- Always leave them with a telephone number to call for assistance.
Education and Awareness
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