Mindful Indulgence

May means time for many things, including proms, graduations, warmer temperatures, and school vacations. but it is also means we need to be aware of alcohol abuse and how it may effect underage drinkers. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has a mission to reduce the stigma associated with alcohol abuse that keeps many individuals and families from seeking help. The NCADD web site’s page notes that this year’s focus is on preventing underage drinking, “Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities: Prevent Underage Drinking.”

The NCADD site has  great resources for teens including an alcohol abuse self-test for teens,  with questions such as “Do you use alcohol or other drugs to build self-confidence?” and “Have you lost friends since you started using alcohol or other drugs?”

What are the warning signs of alcohol abuse? Find out at Healthfinder.gov. Some warning signs are:
-Drinking alone when you feel sad or angry
-Absence from or lateness to work due to drinking
-Drinking to a point that worries your family
-Forgetting what you did while drinking
-Suffering from headaches or a hangover after drinking

The graphic on the left is from from researchers at the University of Michigan and is available at drugsdb.com. The data is particularly relevant to this year’s focus on underage drinking: they show that prescription drug abuse has increased significantly in recent years among young adults aged 18 to 24 years, although rates of drinking and alcohol abuse have remained relatively steady.

Other Library Resources:
Health and Wellness Resource Center
Alcohol Awareness

Courtesy of: The Internet Drug Side Effects Database


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