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Alcohol is a part of many people's lives, but did you know that more than 18 percent of Americans face real problems with it, from binge drinking to alcoholism. Have you crossed the line into alcohol abuse? We may have the answer.
Transcript: Binge drinking is pervasive common among 18 to 21-year-olds... and if you're in college, chances are...
Binge drinking is pervasive common among 18 to 21-year-olds... and if you're in college, chances are that you've done it before. So what does it mean to binge drink, anyway? There is currently no international consensus on how many drinks constitute a 'binge,' but the term is often taken to mean the following: for a man, consuming 5 or more standard drinks, or 4 or more drinks for a woman, in about 1 to 3 hours. However, these numbers vary significantly based on weight and numerous other variables.Binge drinking is prevalent on almost every college campus, and is often incorporated into many college activities, from sporting events to parties and random Tuesday nights.Unfortunately, people who binge drink on a regular basis often suffer negative consequences as a result, like missed classes, poor grades, or trouble with the police. As well, regular binge drinkers are considerably more likely to drive drunk or to have unprotected sex -activities that have some potential consequences of their own. Here is another sobering statistic: each year 1,400 college students die from alcohol poisoning associated with binge drinking. The best defense against the consequences of binge drinking is obvious - don't binge drink. However, many people won't make that choice. If you are among them, you can make your experience safer by alternating your alcoholic drinks with water or sports drinks. This will help slow the rate at which you absorb the alcohol into your blood stream. And eating something with a bit of fat before you start drinking-like a grilled cheese or a slice of pizza-will help you metabolize alcohol at a slower, more controlled rate. You can also reduce the chances of unintended consequences by making sure that someone in your group remains sober enough to keep track of everyone else. Bottom line? 70-percent of college students admit to binge drinking at least once a week. If you're among them, take steps to be as safe as possible about your actions!More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-13 | Tags »
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So, someone you care about is drinking too much and you want to have an intervention. While interventions can work, a person who abuses alcohol must be willing to stop drinking. Here are tips for convincing your friend that its time to quit drinking.
Transcript: You've probably seen an intervention in a film or television show. In real life, an intervention is...
You've probably seen an intervention in a film or television show. In real life, an intervention is a big step, and not one to be taken lightly. If someone you care about has a serious problem with drinking or drugs, you may feel that the only way to help is to stage an intervention. An intervention is when an addict's friends and family get together to confront a loved one about the seriousness of his or her addiction; while also communicating how much he or she means to them. The hoped-for outcome is that the addict will recognize the reality of his situation and get treatment. Some of these meetings end with acknowledgment of the problem by the addict. But, unfortunately, interventions can also be met with intense anger, denial, and disbelief. If unsuccessful, an intervention can create a large rift between the addict and family members and friends, possibly leading to problems that were not present before. For this reason, it's vital to go about an intervention with as much knowledge and preparation as possible. For starters, contact a trained professional to help stage an intervention. Try the National Intervention Referral's website as a resource. In the past, interventions were staged by a counselor and loved ones to take the addict completely by surprise. Today, however, many professionals recommend telling the addict in advance that you are speaking with a counselor about his or her problems with addiction. That way, when the intervention does occur, he's less likely to feel ambushed by the talk. Whichever way works best for you, try to pick a time when the person you're planning the intervention for will be sober and in a comfortable environment. Practice the intervention with the counselor, discussing what everyone will say, and rehearsing responses to potential reactions by the addict. An intervention is not the time to seek revenge for past transgressions. Instead confront your loved one as kindly and honestly as possible. Recognize that whether the person you care about gets help or not, you may need counseling after the fact, and that's OK. Ask your intervention counselor to make a recommendation, or contact your college's health center to find someone with whom you can talk.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-14 | Tags »
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Ecstasy appeals to many with its name alone. But is 'exstasy' a harmless happy drug, or is it part of the illegal drugs category for a reason? Here, a no judgements look at E.
Transcript: Twenty percent of college students have popped a tablet of E. So what's up with ecstasy? Ecstasy, which...
Twenty percent of college students have popped a tablet of E. So what's up with ecstasy? Ecstasy, which moonlights as X and E, is a man-made drug that acts as a stimulant and a hallucinogen. Colorful ecstasy tablets can be snorted or swallowed. Often, they are laced with other illegal drugs. When you pop a tablet of X, you'll feel euphoric, energized, and sexually aroused. That's because your brain produces a cocktail of "happy" neurotransmitters in response to the drug. You may garner great pleasure from touching things, and feel extreme empathy with others. But ecstasy constricts blood vessels, so you may overheat or become dehydrated while using it. Other physical side effects include stomach cramps and blurred vision. You may also experience paranoia or confusion. As you come down from a high, you'll likely feel lethargic and depressed. Excessive use may damage brain cells, resulting in long-term problems concentrating or remembering. Ecstasy is illegal, but now you know the real deal with E, so you can understand what it does to your body.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-18 | Tags »
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