High Risk Drinking

Know your risk!

High Risk Drinking is drinking more than the recommended single-day or weekly amounts, or “binge” drinking.  H.R.D. primarily impacts those who are of legal drinking age but are at an increased risk to develop a problematic relationship to alcohol – those age 21-25; however, this can become a problem at any time in an individual’s life.  Healthy Oxford Hills provides educational information and resources to this population.

  • Alcohol-related disorders can be found in all social classes, races, genders and ages.
  • A person’s brain does not stop developing until his or her early to mid-20’s.
  • Alcohol is the only drug we know of that’s both fat-and water-soluble; it affects all the organs and tissues of the body.
  • Alcohol drains the body of essential vitamins and also slows the absorption and retention of new nutrients.
  • A “hangover” is the body’s reaction to the short-term toxic effects of alcohol.
  • Heavy drinking costs an estimated $100 billion annually in the U.S. for otherwise unnecessary health-care.
  • Alcohol is a factor in about 60% of fatal burn injuries, drownings and homicides; 50% of severe trauma injuries and 40% of fatal motor vehicle crashes, suicides and fatal falls.
  • Alcohol depresses most brain functions, from balance to breathing.
  • Being able to “hold your liquor” (high tolerance) is not a protection from alcohol problems, but a reason for caution – alcohol tolerance can lead to dependency.

What you can do:

  • Limit your social drinking to those situations that mirror your own values.
  • Know and respect your recommended limits:

http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/

  • Consider whether alcohol has kept you from obtaining goals, or if it has interfered with your job or relationships.
  • Seek professional guidance if you have questions or concerns.
  • Join the Oxford County Substance Abuse Task Force!  CONTACT US for more information!