Fraud and abuse of alcohol are the most common causes of health problems among Americans. The problem is especially concerning among college students,Agentsync 25m Series 220mkonradforbes who are more likely to drink too much than other Americans. Wrong-way trips to the liquor store or drive-thru bar often result in a double whammy: the rush of alcohol, plus the cognitive fog that comes from drinking too much. Sometimes called binge drinking or addictions, this pattern can lead to a range of symptoms including insomnia, forgetfulness and delusions. To reduce health risks associated with regular drinking and make your college life more enjoyable, follow these steps:
Limit or avoid drinking before your first class
American colleges and universities have created a drinking age of 21 years old. This provision requires students to sign a statement saying they are in favor of increasing alcohol consumption and that they favor limiting drinking in order to promote “harm reduction.” College students who drink before the age of 21 are subject to civil penalties, establishment of drinking age restrictions, and a ban on alcohol sales or advertising. A recent survey found that almost one-third of college students said they drink regularly before the age of 21.
Limit or avoid drinking after your first class
Some people find that it’s more enjoyable to drink before they are “old enough” to drink, as in “I’d like to start drinking at ten, but I don’t know how yet.” But there’s a catch! “Old enough to drink” is only meaningful if you are in your 30s, 40s or 50s. Alcohol is Central to American culture, and it’s entirely likely that you are in your 50s or 60s. Among people who drink regularly, about one-quarter of them will drink before the age of 50.
Exercising may reduce the risk of developing cancer and heart disease. Many research studies have shown that moderate exercise (5-7 hours every day) can lower blood pressure and improve your digestive system. Ask your doctor if you are willing to try a diet that requires constant exercise.
Maintain a healthy weight
You can’t completely eliminate diet and health problems (legitimate or not), but you can try to minimize their effects. You can’t be 100 percent sure that you don’t need to lose weight, but you can try to reduce the overall number of calories you consume and keep your body weighted the way it needs to be.
Don’t drink and drive
Drinking and driving are serious issues in most states, and you should definitely talk to your state police or insurance representative about the best way to proceed. In certain states, including New York, drinking and driving is a federal offense. Council-and-county organizations can help you determine which cities have drink-drive restrictions.
Stay physically active
It’s not just your brain that’s working pretty hard right now: your body is doing as well, too. We all need a little help with our moves, but the key is to get in the mood to do them. Exercising will not only help you stay fit, it will also help your body to produce more vitamin D and explain why you feel so warm and cuddly on cold winter’s morning.
A lot of people think that you can’t drink and drive in the U.S., but a new study suggests that’s not the case. The researchers believe that the increase in alcohol-related traffic deaths that started in the early 2000s can be traced back to alcohol-impaired driving. The study authors also believe that stricter laws regulating the sale and use of alcohol could help reduce the number of drunk driving deaths.