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Alcohol & Drugs

Drugs & Alcohol
University presents all forms of tastes, temptation and new experiences, new drink and drugs may be one such flavaaa. All of us react to drink and/or drugs differently and it’s important to make your own decisions as to what you try and what you should stay away from.
There are a number of effects to drink and drugs:

  • Feeling more confident, even invincible; feeling sleep, passing out
  • losing balance or feeling dizzy, vomitting
  • Alcohol is a depressant, it can affect your coordination (spilling your drink much?) and, on a serious note, your judgment. Be careful.
  • Violence and anti-social behaviour. If you’re around someone who is being aggressive because of alcohol, keep your cool and keep your distance.
  • Alcohol can also have serious long-term effects on your health: liver damage, hallucinations, memory loss and stomach damage. Definitely things to avoid.
  • Drinking too much can also cause you to feel moody or anxious, which can cause problems with your friends and tension at home.
  • Drugs can also have serious health effects such as paranoia, addiction, depression, heart and blood problems, death.
  • Don’t mix your drinks: beer and cider, whisky and Guinness, WKD and lager, it doesn’t matter, don’t mix them otherwise you’re on a one-way ticket to passing out with your stomach on the floor beside you.
  • Don’t mix alcohol and drugs. Never. Not even once. Not even if theres a fire.
  • Eat before your drink, while you drink and after you drink. Eat eat eat to absorb alcohol and drink plenty of water, like shit loads before during and after you drink.
  • Don’t do rounds and drink at your own pace. Seriously 90% of the time you end up drunk every time. Know your limits – what’s grand for others may not be grand for you
  • Just don’t drink and drive, or operate heavy machinery. You’re not as in control, and therefore more in danger
  • Stay with people you know and trust
  • Carry condoms – the effects of alcohol may make you more relaxed and you might be more likely to have sex without thinking about the consequences, or consent of those involved. If you’re having sex, use a condom to keep yourself safe from STIs and prevent an unplanned pregnancy, and ensure you are respecting the person you’re with, and you know that they want to be with you too.
  • Neglecting school work/college assignments/skipping work
  • Getting into trouble at school/work/home
  • Feeling hungover in the mornings more than every now and then
  • Thinking about drinking a lot during the day
  • Feeling very edgy for no apparent reason
  • Regularly drinking more than you meant to
  • Finding you have to drink more to get the same effect as you used to.

Safe-drinking:

Signs of drug abuse problem

* sharp chances in energy and mood levels
* cycles of excessive sleep
* persistent coughing, marks on arms or facial abnormalities
* increased anger, irritability, agitation, paranoia
* unusual changes in lifestyle e.g. fall off from lecture attendance or commitment to college work

Addiction
As we’ve said, drinking in moderation can be grand and most of us do it. But we also know that sometimes things get out of hand. It can be hard to realise your drinking has become a problem, or to notice that a friend is drinking too much, because it’s so socially acceptable. But here are some signs you should keep an eye out for:

  • Neglecting school work/college assignments/skipping work
  • Getting into trouble at school/work/home
  • Feeling hungover in the mornings more than every now and then
  • Thinking about drinking a lot during the day
  • Feeling very edgy for no apparent reason
  • Regularly drinking more than you meant to
  • Finding you have to drink more to get the same effect as you used to.

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