Alcohol and college students seem to go together like a horse and carriage. Unfortunately, drinking too much alcohol in college can lead to a lifetime of addictive and dangerous behaviors, and habits that are difficult to break. Alcohol and drugs negatively affect the developing brain and modify how we process learning, risk, memory, and pleasure. When everyone around is partying too much, it’s important to slow down — the rest of your life depends on it.
Alcohol Abuse in College
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, college drinking is widespread. Of the 80 percent of college students who drink alcohol, roughly half binge drink. Binge drinking is a dangerous practice defined by consuming more than 4-to-5 drinks in less than two hours. It is a habit that leads to alcoholism, a life-threatening disease characterized by an inability to control or predict how much alcohol will be consumed.
Thousands of college-age students have died or sustained an injury as a direct result of alcohol consumption, according to the NIAAA. Sexual abuse, assault, problems with schoolwork, and health issues — including suicide — also strongly correlate to alcohol consumption. The problems don’t end after graduation, however. Alcohol abuse in college often leads to a pattern of negative behaviors that persist well into adulthood.
How College Drinking Affects Adult Life
Alcohol and drugs negatively influence how the adult brain processes executive functions such as decision making. Although college students may appear fully grown, their brains are still developing — so the effects of abusive drinking are magnified. Developing brains learn that binge drinking and getting drunk are socially acceptable when they’re surrounded by those activities. With a pattern of abuse firmly in place, the graduate continues drinking. Although other adults may stop at one or two drinks, the alcohol abuser carries on with profound health and well-being consequences.
Alcohol produces physical and emotional dependency. In physical dependency, the struggling addict must drink to feel good or normal. Without alcohol, uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms persist. These symptoms include cravings to drink, nausea and vomiting, anxiety and depression, shakiness, seizures, and more. Most people who are addicted to alcohol are in denial about the extent of the problem. That is because the brain relates alcohol with good feelings as it downplays memory (and the negative consequences of drinking).
As abuse progresses into addiction, the health and well-being problems progress in severity. Not only do life-threatening health problems such as liver disease result from alcoholism, but relationships, finances, reputation, and career can suffer. If someone you know drank too much during college and is still drinking too much today, quitting is possible with help from Clarity Way.
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