Alcohol

What it is

Alcohol is a depressant.  90% of Americans with a substance abuse problem started smoking, drinking, or using other drugs before the age of 18.

Risks

  • Reduced inhibition (doing something you wouldn’t normally do)
  • Impaired coordination
  • Impaired reaction time
  • Impairs judgement
  • Blackouts
  • Increases risk for injury
  • Increase risk for physical and sexual assault
  • Memory loss
  • Slurred speech
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

Consuming even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgment.  This can lead to engaging in riskier behaviors such as drunk driving, unprotected sex, aggressive, or violent behavior.

Binge drinking is when someone drinks larger amounts in a shorter amount of time.  It increases your risk for alcohol poisoning and other alcohol related issues.

Signs & Symptoms for Concern

  • Loss of interest in school or activities
  • Depression
  • Lack of interest with family and friends
  • Restlessness
  • Erratic or violent behavior
  • Inability to control drinking
  • Preoccupied with drinking

Help

Are you concerned that you might have an issue with alcohol?  We are here to help!

Take the confidential https://www.recoveration.org/custom/iowa/ssi-sa.asp from Recoveration.  If your score says you should seek treatment, call 319-390-4611 and ask to talk to a counselor.

If you do not feel comfortable calling ASAC, other people you can seek help from would be your school nurse, teacher, counselor, parents or other trusted adults.

What do I say?

“I don’t know what to do…”
“Can we talk”
“I am struggling with…”

Speak up for yourself, find someone to talk to, know what your needs are, and know how to communicate

on May 2 • by