Weekend parties, sporting events, and hallmark days like “Thirsty Thursday” are engrained in the culture on college campuses. Whether a student is returning to college, or is a first-time freshman, entering a situation where heavy alcohol use is present is unavoidable. For some, it may be the first time they are in an environment in which heavy drinking is considered “normal.” For others, it may already be an established habit. But how do you know when drinking has gone too far? Maybe you’re wondering if you have a problem with alcohol yourself, or maybe you’re concerned about a friend. Channing Marinari, LMHC, QS, MCAP, ICADC of Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches (www.bhpalmbeach.com ) is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Addiction Professional. She explains the warning signs of problem drinking, and ways that you can help someone who may be struggling below.
What you should do if drinking crosses the line:
Excessive drinking poses a real and serious danger to college students. From failing grades to legal troubles, alcohol addiction can cause a person to lose the things they have worked hard for. If you notice that a friend is struggling with alcohol it’s important to reach out. Let them know that you care and that help is available. They don’t have to go through their struggles alone.