Alcohol & Drug Prevention
College Students’ Lifestyles
Contrary to news and other media portrayal, most students are working on positive lifestyle changes during their collegiate experience. National College Health Assessment surveys (NCHA) have repeatedly documented that most FLCC and other college students nationwide stay safe and have fun when socializing, are free from fatalities and other consequences of alcohol/drug use and are tobacco-free.* Most students also report consuming at least two daily servings of fruit and vegetables, wearing seat belts when driving, having dental exams and cleanings, and being vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B.
* Spring 2015 National College Health Assessment random survey of FLCC and other college students across the nation.
FLCC Promotes Student Health
Student Health Services offers personal and confidential wellness care, health counseling, care of health problems, and direct, accessible, low cost medical care referrals. We also provide alcohol, drug and violence prevention, including brief alcohol/drug educational counseling, screening, intervention and referral for any student in need. Our office works in conjunction with all campus departments and a Campus-Community Coalition, to promote students working with the community in positive ways and celebrating life without abuse of alcohol, drugs and other destructive activities.
Currently, we are working with the Ontario County Sheriff to support sting operations and alcohol beverage server training, which help to prevent under-age alcohol purchases in area stores and bars. We also work with students to promote tobacco-free lifestyles, educate students regarding the devious marketing tactics of tobacco companies, and assist students who desire to quit tobacco use.
Warning Signs & When to Get Help
Difficulty adjusting to college life, unexplained crying, bursts of anger or irritability, dramatic drop-off in academic performance, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, desire to avoid the company of others, use of alcohol/drugs to cope, disrupted sleep or other disturbing changes are warning signs for developing health problems. Call Student Health Services if any of these signs appear, at (585)785-1297. We will help you any way we can!
Drugs and Alcohol: Health Risks
Alcohol. Alcohol consumption causes a number of changes in behavior and physiology. Even low doses significantly impair judgment, coordination, and abstract mental functioning. Statistics show that alcohol use is involved in a majority of violent behaviors on college campuses including acquaintance rape, vandalism, fights, and incidents of drinking and driving. Continued abuse may lead to dependency, which often causes permanent damage to vital organs and deterioration of a healthy lifestyle.
Cannabis (Marijuana, Hashish). The use of marijuana may impair or reduce short-term memory and comprehension, alter sense of time, and reduce coordination and energy level. Users often have a lowered immune system and an increased risk of lung cancer. The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, is stored in the fatty tissues of the brain and reproductive system for a minimum of 28 to 30 days.
Hallucinogens. Lysergic acid (LSD), mescaline, and psilocybin cause illusions and hallucinations. The user may experience panic, confusion, suspicion, anxiety, and loss of control. Delayed effects, or flashbacks, can occur even when use has ceased. Phencyclidine (PCP) affects the section of the brain that controls the intellect and keeps instincts in check. Because the drug blocks pain receptors, violent PCP episodes may result in self-inflicted injuries.
Cocaine/Crack. Cocaine users often have a stuffy, runny nose and may have a perforated nasal septum. The immediate effects of cocaine use include dilated pupils and elevated blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and body temperature, followed by depression. Crack, or freebase rock cocaine, is extremely addictive and can cause delirium, hallucinations, blurred vision, severe chest pain, muscle spasms, convulsions, and even death.
Amphetamines. Amphetamines can cause a rapid or irregular heartbeat, tremors, loss of coordination, collapse, and death. Heavy users are prone to irrational acts.
Heroin. Heroin is an opiate drug that causes the body to have diminished pain reactions. The use of heroin can result in coma or death due to a reduction in heart rate.