Since 1987 April has been observed as Alcohol Awareness Month. This month is used to increase public awareness about the risks, prevention, treatment and stigma of alcoholism. It is easy to forget how dangerous alcohol use can be.

The following statistics is a quick look at the real risks of non-responsible alcohol use:

  • Death: 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.
  • Assault: More than 690,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
  • Sexual Abuse: More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
  • Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 receive unintentional injuries while under the influence of alcohol.

Drinking responsibly and in moderation can be done with a few easy tips: 1) Always know what you are drinking and how much. It takes time for the body to absorb and process the alcohol you drink. 2) Drink slowly and pace yourself. Take breaks with non-alcoholic drinks such as water.  3) Don’t mix alcohol with energy drinks. The energy drinks will often hide the effects of alcohol, leading to over drinking. 4) Never drink and drive or get into a car with someone that has been drinking. 5) Learn the signs of alcohol poisoning.

Alcohol can be a dangerous drug. Learning how to use it responsibly is up to you. The tips above can reduce the risk you put yourself and others in while drinking and ensure that your experience with alcohol will be a positive one.

 

Submitted by: Restorative Justice of NW WI, Inc.

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