Alcohol Dependency and Screening

Alcohol, it has been around for centuries. From the ancient civilizations like the
Egyptians or the Greeks, all the way to present times here in 2016.  12891060_10206192973446258_8590145945967036425_oThroughout the years alcohol has been influencing and dictating peoples live ever since. In 2016 alcohol comes in a variety of packages and styles from the classics like Budweiser and Coors to more exotic kinds like Absinthe and Cachaça, no matter the variety it all has the potential to be abused.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 29% of adults in the U.S. drink too much. Risky drinking constitutes both the 4% of those that are dependent on alcohol and the 25% who are not dependent on it. 38 million adults binge drink and on average they do it 4 times a month consuming 8 or more drinks at a time. Risky alcohol drinking has cost the United States about 223.5 million dollars and has led to 80,000 deaths per year. That makes risky drinking the third leading preventable death.

College students like the rest of the United States also have their issues with risky drinking. 4 out of 5 college students drink alcohol (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) and about half of those who drink do so through binge drinking (NIAA). Each year, drinking affects college students, as well as college communities, and families. The consequences of drinking include:

  • Death:1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.
  • Assault:More than 690,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
  • Sexual Abuse:More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
  • Injury:599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 receive unintentional injuries while under the influence of alcohol.
  • Academic Problems:About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.
  • Health Problems/Suicide Attempts:More than 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem and between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of students indicate that they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use (NIAA).

This week the Hope and Wellness Center will be conducting alcohol screenings during U-Hour on Thursday, April 7th. This screening is important because it will help in understanding your individual body and how you use alcohol. This screening is not designed to make you feel bad or guilty about using alcohol but rather how to use it responsibly and make smart choices when around it. Please stop by this Thursday and take the screening a few minutes of your time can potentially save your life or someone that you know.

Written by Peer Educator Intern: Craig Sherman

Sites: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/alcohol-screening.html
http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/special-populations-co-occurring-disorders/college-drinking

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