When young people go off to college, they may quickly run into the “college” experience that involves partying. When there is a party, there is often alcohol. But, alcohol use, especially in young people, is dangerous – specifically for young adults who are diagnosed with mental health issues. So, it’s important that young people understand how to steer clear of the negative effects of alcohol – especially young people who are in recovery for drug or alcohol addiction or other mental health issues.
College-age people may be at a higher risk for developing alcohol abuse due to the college experience that normalizes alcohol abuse and binge drinking. Understanding the risks of alcohol abuse in young people is important so that college-age individuals recognize how alcohol abuse in college can negatively affect their lives. Some of the risks of alcohol abuse in young people can include:
Being intoxicated can lead to the above side effects, but long-term risks of alcohol abuse are also an issue. Some college-age individuals may think that they are “good” at being intoxicated, but are actually setting themselves up for experiencing the long-term effects of alcohol abuse. Some of the long-term effects of alcohol abuse in young people can include:
College-age individuals who are diagnosed with mental health issues or are in recovery from alcohol abuse are at a higher risk for the dangers of alcohol. So, it’s important that these individuals understand how they can steer clear of the negative effects of alcohol and drinking during their college years. Some tips for college-age people who need to avoid alcohol include:
Yellowbrick offers mental health services for young adults who are of college age, including addiction treatment. We also offer a supportive housing accommodation, The Residence, to help encourage young adults in recovery to maintain motivation. Find out more about how we help young, emerging adults deal with mental health issues like alcoholism on our website.
Yellowbrick collaborates with adolescents and emerging adults, ages 16-30's, their families and participating professionals toward the development and implementation of a strategic “Life Plan.” An integrative, multi-specialty consultation clarifies strengths, limitations, and risks, and defines motivations, goals and choices.
A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.
A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.
A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.
Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.
A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.