There is good news and there is bad news: alcoholism is an equal opportunity disease—it does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, nationality, income level, education or age. Anyone can be an alcoholic and alcoholism can strike at any point in a person’s life. It isn’t hard to see the “bad news” aspect of this truth. But how is this supposed to be good news?
New research has shown that CDIs, or computer-delivered interventions aren’t as effective as face-to-face counseling. CDIs were weaker and more short-term in effectiveness when compared with in-person counseling, according to Medical News Today.
College students are often young adults leaving home for the first time. Faced with new opportunities and unprecedented independence, some have difficulty navigating their new lifestyles. Some students try using alcohol or other substances and quickly find themselves out of control.
Using a communication method that teens who drink alcohol relate to – texting – may help increase their likelihood of sticking with goals to reduce their alcohol intake, says a recent study from Medpage Today.
College campuses can be alcohol-friendly places. People ages 20 to 22 years old are the group that does the most heavy drinking, which is defined as five or more drinks within five or more occasions in the past month, according to statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. That same agency reports that the number of college-aged people seeking treatment for substance abuse has doubled in the past ten years, compared to only a 9% increase among older people.
If you are a college student struggling with your drinking, the first place to go is your college health services program. They will often offer therapy or a recommended program to help you deal with your problem drinking.