Alcohol Use

 

Hey there, my name’s Audrey.

How did I get here?

I’ve always been someone who puts 100% into everything they do. In high school, I started running cross country. I even competed in regionals and helped my school team win their first gold ever. My parents always said that if I was focused on something, I would find a way to excel at it.

I love spending time with my friends. I’m always the one that organizes and plans parties, weekends, and camping trips. Yeah, I like to drink. It helps me to let go.

I often go out to have fun with my co-workers or friends to unwind after work. But sometimes after a night of drinking, I can’t remember much of what happened. Like last week - I drank way more I had planned to. It was pretty bad. The next morning, I couldn’t even make it in to work.

I guess now that I think about it, I’ve been partying quite a bit lately.

 

Most of us believe that we can handle our alcohol use - but sometimes it can get out of control.

Alcohol is one of the oldest and most widely used drugs in the world. There are many reasons why people choose to drink alcohol. Trying something once or using occasionally does not automatically mean a person will develop problems. Most of us believe that we can handle our alcohol use - but sometimes it can get out of control...

    CHECK YOUR Alcohol USE

Alcohol, like other drugs, can cause problems depending on the way it is used and can result in injury, disease, and other negative consequences. It's important to be aware of what can happen so it doesn't cause problems for you down the road.

Potentially problematic forms of alcohol use include:

  • Binge drinking (drinking large quantities)
  • Driving after you have been drinking
  • Using alcohol as a way of dealing with problems
  • Mixing alcohol with other substances, including illegal drugs and/or some medications

Alcohol use can create problems - Knowing the signs of problematic alcohol use helps in identifying if this is an issue in one's life...

          WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Thinking you may want cut down or stop drinking? Check out some resources that can help you to take control...

     Self-care resources

Being able to make educated decisions regarding drinking alcohol can help to prevent alcohol from becoming a problem in your life. Understanding the effects of alcohol and the risks associated with alcohol use can help you in many ways:

  • You can make a more informed decision about whether or not to drink
  • If you choose to drink, you can make safer decisions about drinking
  • You can reduce the risks associated with using alcohol, including injury, unwanted sex and being a victim of crime