Drinking and college go together like chocolate and roses. It doesn’t stop with alcohol though, drug use on campuses is on the rise and a new addiction is rearing its ugly head. Compulsive use of the internet and social media is another addiction to which college students are susceptible, especially new students. If you already struggle with addiction, to any substance, how are you to survive the college lifestyle? Temptations may abound at every turn and staying on the straight and narrow may seem impossible. Start off on the right foot by choosing a college that will help you avoid substance abuse and will minimize your chances of a relapse.
Being the child of an alcoholic parent, or worse parents, is difficult. You have had to deal with all the unpleasant consequences, which can range from neglect and embarrassment up to physical and emotional abuse. No child should have to live that way, but unfortunately, alcoholism is a disease that some people never find the strength to beat. On top of a childhood spent with an alcoholic, you may also fear having the same fate as your parents.
British pop singer Amy Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning, or in the quaint words of the British autopsy report, “death by misadventure.” Coroner Suzanne Greenaway said that the Grammy winner had no illegal drugs in her system, but her blood alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit.
Researchers at the University at Washington conducted a study on about 600,000 college coeds and found that the students believe the consequences of heavy drinking are more positive than negative. Students felt that some of the positive aspects of the alcohol included an increase in courage and talkativeness.
The energy drink phenomenon may have started innocent enough; high functioning individuals wanted a way to keep going without consuming coffee all day long. The problem emerged when manufacturers started mixing alcohol with energy drinks and produced a whole new type of fix.
While depression can be debilitating in children, the impact of that depression can be affected by experiences of abuse on the child before the age of five. According to a Science Daily post, is a child is abused very early, it can be especially damaging.
As the school year quickly gets underway and students slowly ease out of summer and get back into the grind of late-night study sessions, it is becoming more obvious that books are not the only subject on the brain. Social life often takes precedent, which often involves college parties. With alcohol flowing seemingly as freely as water, remaining sober in a college environment is challenging. Although college partying may seem harmless, excessive drinking is always accompanied by trouble.