This April marks the 28th annual Alcohol Awareness Month. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), the goal of Alcohol Awareness Month is “to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.”
Many college students use alcohol on a regular basis despite the dangers associated with it.
According to the NCADD, “alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America’s young people, and is more likely to kill young people than all illegal drugs combined.”
In fact in the United States, more than 1,700 college students are killed each year, about 4. 65 a day, as a resulted of alcohol related injuries.
Driving while drunk is one of the main ways that people die from alcohol.
When going to a party, always make sure you have reliable transportation home, such as a designated driver or some form of public transportation.
Even if you “feel fine” or only had one drink, it is in your best interest as well as your friend’s that you do not drive. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Many people can get sick and even die from drinking too much alcohol. If you drink too much, you can get alcohol poisoning.
Alcohol poisoning is a medical emergency and should be taken seriously.
Signs of alcohol poisoning are unconsciousness or semi-consciousness, slow breaths or cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin.
If you suspect someone you know is experiencing alcohol poisoning, call 911 immediately and turn the intoxicated person on his or her side and stay with them until medical help arrives.
Alcohol poisoning is usually a result of binge drinking, which is defined by the NCADD as “a pattern of alcohol consumption that brings the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.08 percent or more in a short period of time.”
This amounts to about five or more drinks for men or four or more drinks for women in about a two- hour time period.
Alcohol use can also lead to further risk of assault or date rape. According to the NCADD, about 100,000 students are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
Throughout the month, look for campus-sponsored events surrounding alcohol awareness such as the car crash simulation that is done every year near the Belk tower.
College students have many opportunities to drink and should not give into peer pressure from friends.
If your friends want to drink, tell them that you will be the designated driver so everyone gets home safely at the end of the night.
If you are of age and choose to drink, you do not have to drink an excessive amount.
Be careful when you and your friends drink, you do not want to become a statistic.