Are Graduates Ready for the Alcohol-infused Culture of Many Colleges?

As many high school seniors go off for their summer breaks, many are anticipating entering college in the fall. In all, there are approximately 18 million college students in the US. Some of these young people (and not-so-young) are endeavoring to get educations in institutions known for their culture of drinking. Whether it’s warranted or not, fraternities and sororities are particularly reputed to be houses of party and drink. As a response to this reputation, there are a few frat houses that have gone dry – meaning no alcohol will be served or consumed in the house. For example, Sigma…

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Young Woman Bravely Decides to Spend a Year without Alcohol

The Huffington Post recently published an article by a young woman who began to realize that her frequent and excessive drinking might well be creating problems for her. Courageously, she decided to go a year without drinking and see what happened. Even more courageously, she had the self-discipline to follow through on that decision. According to her story, she had been drinking excessively for years. She tried to keep her drinking at a reasonable level but each time she started, she’d continue to drink until she did foolish things, had blackouts, ruined relationships and blotted out her own emotions and…

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Saving Our Youth: Study Finds Most Alcohol, Drug Abuse Starts in Teen Years

Recent surveys of teens and young adults have turned up a startling new fact. More than one study finds most alcohol, drug abuse starts in teen years. Just when our young people should be getting educations and preparing for their lives, many are starting to abuse alcohol and drugs and risking addiction. There are several situations that increase a teen’s risk for abusing drugs or alcohol. These are when: The young person is depressed He or she suffers from low self-esteem The young person manifests early signs of aggressive behavior He or she feels rejected socially Parents do not provide…

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Chronic Alcohol Abuse is an International Problem that Just Won’t Go Away

Alcohol abuse and addiction could be the world’s oldest drug problem. But excessive drinking and alcohol abuse continue to be serious problems that cause illness and kill people every year. The World Health Organization estimates that more than two million people lose their lives each year for reasons that relate to their chronic alcohol abuse. Accidents, illness and direct overdoses contribute to these deaths. In April 2012, the World Health Organization encouraged communities to pay more attention to chronic alcohol abuse, as it contributes to so many deaths. In fact, in the Western Pacific region, alcohol is considered to be…

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New Study Reveals Alcohol is Never Safe During Pregnancy

Opinions have varied widely on when it’s acceptable for a pregnant woman to drink. It wasn’t until 1973 that researchers identified Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), that collection of symptoms that show up in newborns when mothers drink, usually heavily, during pregnancy. FAS symptoms can include physical deformities to the head and face plus behavioral and learning problems. And it wasn’t until 1981 that there were definite warnings about drinking during pregnancy issued by the Surgeon General. One of the problems with collecting study data on the problem was that it was difficult to carry out a study that involved pregnant…

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Alcoholism as a Great Equalizer

The Societal and Health Problem That Exists in Every Corner of the World You can go to every corner of the globe and find alcohol problems. In some countries where religious beliefs ban alcohol consumption, they will be less frequent and more concealed. In other countries, the social patterns of the population seem almost to be based on alcohol consumption and use of this addictive drug will be fully out in the open. But the fact is that excess and lengthy alcohol consumption can turn into alcoholism and can destroy or kill, no matter how rich or poor, no matter…

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How Much Does Alcoholism Contribute to Traffic Fatalities?

It’s a good guess that pretty much everyone knows that drunk drivers are dangerous to themselves and everyone in their environments. Amazingly, this doesn’t stop tens of thousands of people each year from driving off in their cars when they have had too much to drink. A major reason for this is that alcohol not only impairs ones ability to drive safely, it also impairs judgment. So one can very erroneously decide that they are fit to drive. This is why many states mandate electronic locks for the cars of those who have been convicted of DUIs and DWIs. The…

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Colleges Turn Out to Offer Dangers as Well as Educations

The image of a young person, eighteen or so years old, heading off to college is one filled with hope and dreams of accomplishments and future careers. Parents look at their child going off to college with pride, but if they are wise, they also feel apprehension. Now more than ever, the college experience places dangerous pitfalls into every young person’s path. And most young people going off for higher education are sadly unprepared. First Pitfall: Heavy Alcohol Consumption Fraternity and sorority row are known for their alcohol consumption but binge drinking is hardly restricted to those zones. According to…

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Preventing an Alcohol Poisoning Death through Alcohol Abuse Rehab

It may seem unlikely that a person could drink enough alcohol to actually result in their death. Not from car accident, not from a fall, but just from drinking. Perhaps since many people have had the experience of vomiting up alcohol after they have drunk too much, they may think that they are protected from serious effects. If they thought that, the death of Amy Winehouse ought to convince anyone who needs convincing. After years of very public displays of drunkenness and drug intoxication punctuated with trips to alcohol abuse rehabs, Amy died in July 2011 of alcohol poisoning. Her…

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Parties and Overuse of Alcohol

Underage Parties and Overuse of Alcohol Prepares Many Young People to Need Alcohol Abuse Rehab There’s two easy ways to find out how much drinking is going on among college students, most of whom are underage. One is to read reports, studies and appeals from people like the US Surgeon General and the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA). The other is to visit the fraternity or sorority row in any major university on a Saturday night. Either one should provide a pretty good understanding of how extensive the problem really is. In 2007, CASA reported that half…

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