September 30- October 4, 2013 - Alcohol and Drug Awareness
National Night Out 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Parking Lot D/H2 side
Free T-Shirts to the first 200 people.
College is not an excuse to abuse drugs and alcohol. Changing the Culture
- According to the U.S. Department of Education, 35% of the new freshmen population will comprise the bulk of new drug users and potential drug abusers on college campuses.
- 43% of the overall college student body has either tried or is currently addicted to at least one of the top ten drugs found on college campus.
- Although most college students use prescription drugs properly, about one in four people aged 18 to 20 report using these medications non-medically at least once in their lives.
- Non-medical use of pain relievers is on the rise among college-age youth.
Signs and Effects of Drug Abuse
- Red Eyes
- Dry mouth
- Smells like marijuana
- Use of eye drops
- Difficulty thinking
- Easily distracted
- Awkward movement
- Elevated mood
- Giggling or being silly
- Lack of anxiety or stress
- Slowed and/or slurred responses
- Difficulties expressing themselves coherently
- Make comments that their sense of taste, touch, smell, sound or vision is heightened
- Making comments that time seems to have slowed
- 1, 825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries. 110,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are arrested for an alcohol-related violation such as public drunkenness or driving under the influence.
- 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
- 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
- 3, 360,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 under the influence of alcohol
- 31 percent of college students met criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and 6 percent for diagnosis of alcohol dependence in the past 12 months, according to questionnaire-based self-reports about their drinking.
Tips and Warnings:
- If you have friends at college who you suspect may have a drinking problem, talk to them about it. Sometimes, they may need a good friend to point out a potential problem.
- Get involved in campus activities to distract you from drinking. For example: Instead of attending parties, why not help to plan them through your student events organization?
- Don’t ignore the potential signs of a drinking problem. Beyond your grades suffering or being kicked out of school, you risk serious injury or death.
ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
Preventing Drug and Alcohol Abuse:
- Learn to say “No”.
Just because other people around you are drinking/using drugs, that doesn’t mean you have to drink/or use drugs. If you can’t resist the temptation to drink/or using drugs, avoid situations where other people will be drinking/or using drugs around you.
- Distract yourself by staying active.
Make a list of activities to do instead of drinking/ or using drugs. Use the time and money you would normally devote to drinking/or using drugs to do those activities with family and/or friends.
- Evaluate your relationships and cut out the ones that make you more likely to drink/or use drugs.
- See a counselor or mentor on a regular basis who can help you stay on track with your sobriety.
Know When to Get Help:
- Assess your drinking/drug habits- Signs of serious problems include
- Pre-gaming- drinking alcohol before going out to drink at a bar or party
- Binge-Drinking- drinking more than four alcoholic beverages in one sitting,
- Drinking alone, early in the day, or throughout the day
- How many times a week are you drinking/using drugs?
- Think about how your drinking/drugs affects your life.
- Drinking/drugs causes you to become abusive or hostile
- Has negatively affected your grades and /or finances
- Has affected the quality of your appearance
- Has alienated people you were once close to
- Your drinking/drug use has likely spiraled out of control
- Drinking/drugs has affected you physically
- No longer as physically active as you once were
- Gained weight or extreme loss of weight
- Your stamina has decreased
- Sleeping most of the day
- Visit your college’s counselor.
- Consult Alcoholics Anonymous, Drug Treatment Facility or other programs that can help you get on track toward sobriety
- Enter a rehabilitation program for alcoholism/drug abuse.