Mental Health Newsletter – Alcohol
Mental Health News, a monthly newsletter published/sponsored by Psychological Counseling Services (located in the Student Health Center). Topics will include issues such as: depression, eating disorders, and general wellness. Included in the newsletter will be:
Information about the topic being discussed listing of websites where you can obtain more information about the issue
Campus and community resources available
ALCOHOL & YOU
The facts you want to know
Between 2 & 3% of the current American college population will die from alcohol related causes.
30% of college failure is alcohol related.
Every year, college students spend $5.5 billion dollars on alcohol, mostly beer. This is more than they spend on books, soda pop, coffee, juice, and milk combined, averaging $466 per student per year (on alcohol).
Drinking and driving is the number one killer of Americans between the ages of 17-24.
College students drink an estimated 4 billion cans of beer annually.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AN ALCOHOLIC TO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ALCOHOL…
BINGE DRINKING CAN BE A COMMON PROBLEM AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS. 50% of college men and 37% of college women are classified as "binge drinkers". What is binge drinking? When you consume large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time (for example, four drinks per hour).
HOW DO YOU KNOW ALCOHOL IS A PROBLEM FOR YOU?
INJURIES as a result of drinking. Drinking BEFORE CLASS OR WORK. Extreme CHANGES IN PERSONALITY. Experiencing BLACKOUTS or loss of memory. RELYING ON ALCOHOL to cope with stress. Relying on alcohol to "FIT IN" and be social. Drinking a lot at one time or DRINKING OFTEN Drinking MORE AND MORE to achieve the same effect. Getting in trouble with THE LAW as a result of drinking. FRIENDS AND FAMILY bringing up concerns about your drinking. DENYING the reliance on alcohol. Frequent MOODINESS.
**Still not sure if you have a problem? Visit the following website to take a quiz on your drinking behavior – www.cts.com/crash/habtsmrt/chkup.html
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO CUT DOWN ON DRINKING? AND REDUCE THE RISK OF GETTING "DRUNK" WHEN YOU GO OUT?
EAT before you drink. SIP, don’t gulp. Alternate booze with NON-ALCOHOLIC beverages. Choose drinks with food-based mixtures, such as vege & fruit juices (water & carbonated mixers increase impairment). Get involved in activities that don’t include alcohol. Limit your drinking to ONE DRINK PER HOUR. To keep track of how much you drink: keep straws or bottle caps from all your drinks.
Just a reminder: BARS USUALLY GIVE DESIGNATED DRIVERS FREE DRINKS!!
Visit websites to find out more information:
RESOURCES ON CAMPUS: Call 278-5422 for information on the alcohol drug prevention program
Visit a local bookstore and look under the self-help or psychology section. There are usually many books on alcohol and drug use.
Call Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) at (916)454-1100 to get meeting times and places.
Come to PCS to talk with someone, or email us for additional information.