does use become abuse, and when does abuse become addiction? Take a
closer look at your own drinking habits to decide if you're crossing the
very thin line between social drinking and alcoholism.
"It's not like I get wasted every weekend, but if I drink, I pretty much drink to get drunk." You
might think drinking, smoking, and other drug use are rites of passage
for college students. But there can be some pretty serious negative
consequences to consider even for occasional users. If youâ€™re concerned
about your use or a friendâ€™s use -- wondering how much is too much, read
"I could stop drinking tomorrow if I thought I had a problem. But I don't. I'm just about having a good time." Alcohol
and other drugs affect people in different ways. The thing to keep in
mind is whether drinking or drugs might be playing too big a part in
your life. If youâ€™ve missed class or work because of your use, or youâ€™ve
blacked out or had legal problems because of use, or youâ€™re using more
lately to feel the effects, or your parents or grandparents have had
issues with alcohol or drug abuse, you might want to get a handle on
your situation by contacting your schoolâ€™s counseling center. Not ready
for that? Try keeping track of your use for a month, or check out an
"Pre-gaming takes the edge off before going out. And it saves money. What's not to like?" Pre-gaming
and power hours can get you in trouble, fast. So can drinking games and
any other situation where itâ€™s easy to drink faster than your body
feels the effects. Binge drinking - downing five or more alcoholic
drinks in a row for men, or four drinks for women - puts you at greater
risk for everything from assaults and injuries to death from alcohol
poisoning. If you choose to pre-game anyway, switch out every other
alcoholic drink with soda or juice, and aim for hour-long breaks between
"Seriously. Study drugs are the only thing that got me through Organic Chem last semester." Prescription
meds are being used more and more by students to help stay awake and
focused while cramming for tests. But using these drugs without a
medical diagnosis or a prescription can be dangerous. For one thing,
these types of stimulants can speed up your blood pressure, heart rate,
and cause racing thoughts and hallucinations. And for another, these
meds can be highly addictive. What might start out as a study aid can
easily become a dangerous crutch.
was passed out - so drunk she didn't know who I was. I wanted to get
her help. But then I'd be busted for drinking. I'm only 19." Alcohol
and other drug use can have serious - potentially fatal - consequences.
Signs of alcohol overdose include unconsciousness, irregular breathing,
blue-tinged skin, or seizures. What if medical attention is needed for a
friend and itâ€™s up to you to get help? Yes, there could be personal
repercussions to consider, like having the police called or parents
notified or your school informed. Some schools have "Good Samaritan"
rules that provide amnesty to students who seek help in a medical
emergency. But even if your school doesnâ€™t have that rule, your friendâ€™s
life could be in the balance. Whatâ€™s most important?
roommate was convinced he was having a heart attack. Turns out it was a
panic attack - from pot. He was freaked; he's done using." Next
to alcohol, marijuana has been the most used and abused drug by college
students for generations. Thereâ€™s an overall perception that itâ€™s
pretty harmless. But anyone whoâ€™s had an all-out, marijuana-induced
panic attack might beg to differ. Anxiety and panic reactions are among
the most common negative side effects of marijuana use. Much like
alcohol, marijuana affects people in different ways. For some, marijuana
has the effect of calming the nerves. For others, the opposite reaction
occurs. Oh, and another thing, itâ€™s illegal.
"I wouldn't know where to turn - or who to trust - for straight answers to the questions I have about drinking and drugs." Most
colleges and universities have counseling centers and health services
where you will find confidential, expert help and answers. They can also
recommend other trustworthy resources and services.
Reliable sources for information about alcohol and other drug use and abuse include:
Hazeldenâ€™s Center for Youth and Families has
helped thousands of young people find freedom from alcohol and other
drugs and regain hope for more fulfilling lives. Call 800-257-7810 now
for more information about how we can help you or a loved one.
Call Hazelden toll-free at 800-257-7810 or go online at hazelden.org for more information