Despite its popularity as a recreational beverage, alcohol is poisonous to many organs throughout the human body, including the brain. In some cases, people under the influence of large amounts of alcohol experience “blackouts” that produce either fragmented memory function or a complete inability to recall spans of time. In a report published in June 2014 in NIAAA Spectrum, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) details the underlying causes for alcohol-related blackouts and also explains the different types of blackouts that can affect a person who drinks excessive amounts of alcohol.
Mixing stimulants and depressants sounds dangerous even to the untrained mind, but one academic is using the prestigious British Medical Journal to criticize research that claims this danger is more than we realize.
The use of alcohol and drugs can lead to behaviors that otherwise would not take place. Individuals with inhibitions lowered may participate in risky sexual behaviors, commit assault or decide to drive a car with little control over their motor skills.
Getting a young adult prepared for college involves much more than buying books and securing a dorm room. New freedoms and opportunities will bring circumstances that affect the emotions and choices that students will make outside the classroom. The stresses involved in the first semester of college can cause dangerous impulses if a person is not emotionally and maturely prepared.
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.
When college students leave campus for spring break, they are expecting to kick back and have a good time. With the stress of classes and possibly employment, many students find that it is easy to overindulge in partying over spring break.
College students who drink to the point of blacking out are twice as likely to experience alcohol-related injuries, according to a new study from Northwestern University.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, some 2,000 college co-eds die every year due to an alcohol-related injury and 600,000 more are hurt in some other way. Emergency rooms near campuses are treating more and more young adults with lethal blood alcohol levels ranging from .30 to .40.
Can the color of the alcoholic beverage container skew the viewer’s perception of the safety of the drink? According to a recent Science Daily release, two psychologists at the University of Missouri (MU) have determined that students who view images of beer cans packaged and displayed in colors that match that of the university believe that consuming beer was less dangerous compared to the perception of those students viewing images of regular beer cans.
How important is it to keep your friends close? If you are a female in college and plan to drink, plan to keep them the closest. According to a recent Science Daily report, college students watch out for their female friends after a night of alcohol consumption. They won’t let their friends engage in risky sexual behaviors that can have dire consequences.