College students drink. Sometimes they drink a lot, and sometimes that excessive drinking leads to tragedy.
Recreational marijuana has been legalized in two U.S. states and has been approved for medical use in 14 others and the District of Columbia. (Medical use legislation is pending in four other states.) Across the country, attitudes toward marijuana are softening, with a surprising number of Americans viewing the drug as harmless. Recent research, however, shows that even a small amount of marijuana use has negative consequences, including making it less likely a person will finish their college education.
Facebook is a great tool to use to stay connected and promote your business, but should it be used to lure a target market not yet old enough to purchase a product? According to researchers, this is what is happening as alcohol companies leverage the social media platform to nurture a new generation of drinkers.
It’s August, which means back-to-school month. Pens, pencils, notebooks, laptops and backpacks are crowding store shelves. Families are preparing to send newly-graduated high school seniors off to college for the first time or sending older college students back for another semester after a stretch of family togetherness. In either case, it’s a good idea to have an honest discussion with your child about the presence of alcohol on campus before they leave.
When young adults go off to college, how can you know if they will spend evenings or weekends drinking too much alcohol? Studies have been conducted looking for predictors of alcohol consumption among university populations in an effort to answer that very question. A recent study says that academic pressure may be one predictor of how much a student drinks.
Recently, a late night TV show mocked the government’s decision to fund a video aimed toward teaching college students how to safely use a microwave. While preparing kids for college by teaching them about microwave oven safety may seem comical, there are other topics which caring parents should be addressing with kids gearing up for university. Alcohol is at or near the top of that list. And a new study shows that parent-teen discussions about alcohol actually make a measurable difference in how kids behave with alcohol once they get to school.
Excessive alcohol consumption and underage drinking are serious ongoing concerns in colleges and universities throughout the United States. Personal and social harms associated with these drinking patterns include accidental injuries and deaths, physical and sexual assaults, suicide attempts, drunk driving and involvement in unsafe sex. Unfortunately, health officials at colleges and universities often encounter difficulty when trying to identify and counsel students at risk for alcohol-related problems. According to the results of a study published in 2011 in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, displays of drinking-related behaviors on publicly viewable social media profiles act as clear indicators of problematic alcohol consumption in college-age populations. Regular reviews of these public profiles may give health officials a new tool to identify at-risk students.
Most college graduates lament about days or nights or both when they soaked their brains in alcohol, some with regret and others with a sense of nostalgia for the “good old days.”
ADHD is the common abbreviation for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which typically begins in childhood and sometimes continues into adulthood. People with the disorder exhibit varying degrees of impulsive or hyperactive behavior and/or an inability to stay focused and maintain attention. A variety of modern studies have linked childhood ADHD with increased risks for substance abuse in both adolescence and adulthood, as well as increased risks for smoking. ADHD-affected individuals with either of two childhood conditions-conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder-have especially high risks for later participation in both substance abuse and smoking.
Energy drink is a general term used to describe a relatively new group of beverages marketed as energy or stamina boosters, athletic performance enhancers, concentration enhancers or weight loss aids. These beverages typically contain high levels of the stimulant drug caffeine, as well as sweeteners and a variety of other secondary ingredients. Young children and teenagers make up a large percentage of the energy drink market in the US, and people this age generally have a higher level of caffeine sensitivity than adults. In the last several years, public health officials have started to take notice of the potentially dangerous or deadly effects of energy drinks, especially among young people.