Stress is the common term for the body’s natural physical and mental reaction to perceived threats or dangers. While virtually all adults and teenagers (and most younger children) experience relatively minor forms of stress as part of everyday life, some people are also exposed to more traumatic forms of stress, either during childhood or adulthood. Current evidence indicates that people who start consuming alcohol at a relatively early age frequently come to rely on drinking to cope with the effects of trauma-induced stress. This reliance commonly results in potentially dangerous heavy alcohol consumption during stressful life events.
Alcoholism is the common term for alcohol addiction. People with this disorder have a physical dependence on alcohol, as well as ongoing alcohol cravings; they also arrange their lives around satisfying those cravings, even when this arrangement results in serious harm to health, relationships, work prospects and social or legal standing. Alcohol is poisonous to humans, and when it builds up in the body it can cause severe damage in a wide variety of organ systems. As a consequence of alcohol’s toxic effect on heart function, alcoholics can eventually develop a serious medical condition called alcoholic cardiomyopathy; if this condition worsens, it can lead to a potentially fatal condition called heart failure.
Energy drinks are extremely popular. They’ve become the beverage of choice for a variety of individuals, including busy teenagers and on-the-go parents. Considering our busy lifestyles, it’s little wonder why.
Young people, in particular, seem to be latching onto a new, related trend: mixing alcohol with energy drinks. More than 25% of college drinkers have mixed alcohol with energy-laden beverages, according to researchers at the University of Florida . However, experts are learning that, for those who abuse alcohol or struggle with alcoholism, the combination of energy drinks and alcoholic beverages can have serious – and even deadly – consequences.
The relationship between academic performance, social activities and choices related to alcohol and other substances is one that keeps many parents awake at night. Trying to determine what factors in their kids’ lives may point to making a mistake in other areas can lead to a chicken-and-egg internal argument about how to keep kids from going astray.
If you find yourself waking up after a big party, a night out at the bar, or even just an evening in with friends, with a pounding headache, a spinning room, an upset stomach, and other symptoms of a hangover, you have binged and lived to regret it. Binge drinking is actually considered to be alcohol abuse by experts, however, if you do it only rarely, you probably need not worry. The occasional mistake is human and it happens to most of us. We regret it and then move on and restrict ourselves to one or two drinks at future events.
Economics, psychology, alcohol poisoning awareness: Experts and universities nationwide are urging for stronger informational campaigns geared toward their students. The efforts come as numbers related to binge drinking at higher educational institutions continue to climb, as well as recent incidents like one at Rice University, where at least ten young adults ended up hospitalized from alcohol poisoning.
Absinthe is an alcoholic beverage that contains a variety of herbs, including fennel, anise, and wormwood. It has a reputation for causing hallucinations and other unpleasant or dangerous bodily sensations, and for roughly 100 years, its sale was banned in the U.S. Modern researchers now doubt that properly prepared absinthe can actually trigger hallucinations, and in 2007 the U.S. government began allowing the sale of both domestic and imported absinthe products, as long as those products contain only minute amounts of a chemical called thujone (as thujone is toxic to human beings when consumed in large amounts).
Leaving for college is often a transition to unprecedented freedom. Many young college students participate in social behaviors that they believe may reduce their level of stress. Drinking alcohol at college parties has long been an avenue used to combat stress. In recent years, however, the growing popularity of energy drinks has led to their introduction as a cocktail ingredient.
Kids in college tend to drink more alcohol than their peers not enrolled in college and take longer to outgrow the harmful habit. Though perhaps unsurprising this is not good news. Rather than simply accepting that college students will practice harmful drinking and set negative drinking patterns, one study looked at how university campuses and the surrounding community can partner together in creating successful interventions.
Teens in every generation will find ways in which they can induce a high sensation. They will experiment with items they can easily purchase, that are inexpensive, and that don’t draw suspicion. Markers, glue, over-the-counter medicines, and other items that can be purchased at the local supermarket have all been abused by people who were searching for a legal and cheap way to get high.