Alcohol and Substance Abuse

The leading cause of death among college-aged students are motor vehicle accidents; around 60% of these involve alcohol. Substance abuse is an overindulgence or dependence on an addictive substance. Substance use and abuse is a serious danger to one’s health, life, and future. Not only does drug and alcohol abuse interfere greatly with school, work, and relationships, substance abuse also causes uncomfortable to severe side effects and can lead to a life of addiction. Knowing the warning signs of substance use could help save yourself or others from these dangers.

  • Neglecting responsibilities due to using substances
  • Taking risks while under the influence and a change in behavior
  • Sleeping problems & depression
  • Making excuses & alienating friends & family
  • Continued use of substances despite knowing the health & other risks
  • Signs can be physical, behavioral, and psychological

Ask yourself the following questions (

  • Do you think about drugs a lot?
  • Did you ever try to stop or cut down on your drug usage but couldn’t?
  • Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without the use of drugs?
  • Do you ever use drugs because you are upset or angry at other people?
  • Have you ever used a drug without knowing what it was or what it would do to you?
  • Have you ever taken one drug to get over the effects of another?
  • Have you ever made mistakes at a job or at school because you were using drugs?
  • Does the thought of running out of drugs really scare you?
  • Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen to pay for drugs?
  • Have you ever been arrested or in the hospital because of your drug use?
  • Have you ever overdosed on drugs?
  • Has using drugs hurt your relationships with other people?

If the answer to some or all of these questions is yes, you might have an addition.

Negative consequences can result from underage and excessive drinking and using substances, including:

  • Problems with the law (including arrests and expensive legal costs)
  • Health issues, including alcohol poisoning or overdose
  • Poor grades, resulting in loss of scholarships and financial aid

Remember, if you or someone you know is in danger, please call 911 immediately.