Excessive Drinking Can Be a Hidden Danger for Many College Students

Bridgewater, N.J. (November 4, 2013) – Excessive drinking can be hazardous to everyone’s health! It can be particularly stressful if you are the sober one taking care of your drunk roommate, who is vomiting while you are trying to study for an exam.

Some people laugh at the behavior of others who are drunk. Some think it’s even funnier when they pass out. But there is nothing funny about the aspiration of vomit leading to asphyxiation or the poisoning of the respiratory center in the brain, both of which can result in death.

Do you know about the dangers of alcohol poisoning? When should you seek professional help for a friend? Sadly enough, too many college students say they wish they would have sought medical treatment for a friend. Many end up feeling responsible for alcohol-related tragedies that could have been easily prevented.

Common myths about sobering up include drinking black coffee, taking a cold bath or shower, sleeping it off, or walking it off. But these are just myths, and they don’t work. The only thing that reverses the effects of alcohol is time – something you may not have if you are suffering from alcohol poisoning. And many different factors affect the level of intoxication of an individual, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly how much is too much.

Signs of alcohol poisoning:

  • Mental confusion, stupor or coma, or person cannot be roused

  • Vomiting

  • Seizures

  • Slow Breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute)

  • Irregular Breathing (fewer than ten breaths per minute)

  • Hypothermia (low body temperature) bluish color skin, paleness

If anyone you know is experiencing these symptoms, please take them to a hospital to seek treatment.

Drinking excessively on the weekends constantly can be seen as a problem. If you or anyone you know needs help, please contact GenPsych.

GenPsych, PC, provider of top quality outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services, stresses the importance of a healthy lifestyle. GenPsych offers a newly revised Substance Abuse Program which is an effective and discrete research-based program designed to empower those struggling with addiction with the tools they need to successfully achieve recovery and get their lives back on track. The experienced, accredited staff uses an integrated approach to help adults gain support, learn new coping skills, develop healthy relationships and discover the freedom of living without substances. The specialized Dialectical Behavior therapy (DBT)/Matrix model of treatment combines the better of two empirically based structures known to be effective in treating the cycle of addiction.

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