How College-Age Individuals Can Avoid the Negative Effects of Alcohol

  • Posted at Apr 27, 2023
  • Written by Rebecca
How College-Age Individuals Can Avoid the Negative Effects of Alcohol

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.

Understanding the Dangers of Alcohol Abuse in Young People

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:

  • accidents like unexpected injuries that can lead to permanent, life-altering effects
  • risk-taking behaviors like unprotected sex that can lead to the transmission of STDs or drunk driving that can result in death
  • violent behaviors
  • alcohol poisoning which can be fatal

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse in Young People

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:

  • the development of alcohol addiction
  • illnesses like heart disease, liver failure, and more
  • cancer
  • memory problems
  • developed mental health conditions
  • reduction in efficiency which can lead to job loss

How College-Age Individuals Can Steer Clear of Alcohol Use and Abuse

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:

  • finding a sober living accommodation to encourage a lifestyle in recovery
  • seek out opportunities to meet and maintain relationships with other sober college students
  • go to sober group meetings to keep up with recovery goals
  • fill your schedule with sober things to do like team sports, theater groups, a job, etc.
  • establish healthy routines like getting enough sleep, exercising, healthy eating, drinking water, etc.
  • remind yourself why you choose not to drink and of the risks involved in drinking

Help for College-Age People Who Need to Stay Sober

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.

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