Week 3 Virtual Well Hut - Alcohol and Other Drugs

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Quick Anonymous Survey

Did you know?

70% of UK students drink alcoholic beverages. 40% use tobacco or nicotine delivered products. 34% use marijuana. 10% use prescription stimulants. 5% use sleeping pills or sedatives. 4% use prescription opioids.  
Source: Fall 2019 American College Health Association National College Health Assessment

Take the Assessment Now to find out your anonymous results.

What is ScreenU?

ScreenU is a free, confidential, alcohol risk assessment based on evidence-based strategies called SBIRT Technology (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment). ScreenU is very brief, 3-5 minutes to complete on a computer, laptop or mobile device, and offers immediate, personalized feedback.

ScreenU can help you quickly identify if you are experiencing negative consequences because of your alcohol use. Based on your responses, you will receive non-judgmental feedback encouraging you to think about your choices that may be putting you at risk for harmful consequences. ScreenU can also provide ways for you to keep yourself and your friends safer. If necessary, you may be referred to our campus and community resources. 

You can also check out ScreenU Marijuana or ScreenU Prescription Drugs.

Alcohol 

A friendly reminder of standard drink sizes: Beer - 12 oz, Wine - 4 oz, 80-proof Liquor - 1.25 oz

Little things make a big difference, follow these quick and easy strategies to reduce your harm and help us create a healthier campus: 

  1. Promote moderation - avoid drinking games and challenges.
  2. Make sure there are always alcohol-free beverages available.
  3. Eat before a night of drinking and always serve plenty of food at any event or party.
  4. Make safe travel plans before going out.
  5. Pour your own drink - do not drink from communal sources.
  6. Mixing alcohol with medications can be dangerous. Click here to learn about certain drug interactions with alcohol. 
  7. If you see something, say something.

Tobacco and Nicotine Delivered Products

Are you thinking about quitting smoking, vaping or chewing? Do you want to help someone else who is thinking of quitting smoking, vaping, or chewing?
The 18-24-year-old age group continues to have the highest smoking rate among all adults. Using tobacco affects nearly every part of the smoker or chewers' body, as well as friends, loved ones, and pets. The good news is that health begins to improve almost immediately after quitting.
We know that some students begin using tobacco in college without planning to continue after graduation, but find quitting is harder than they thought it would be and that most students who smoke want to quit before they graduate.
Most UK students don't use tobacco (seven out of 10) and many want to quit.
If you do use tobacco, UHS offers a variety of resources to help you make.

Prescription Drugs

Prescription and over the counter drugs are falsely thought to be safer than illicit drugs. Misuse of these medications can cause serious health effects. When these drugs are abused they can be very addictive and dangerous. 

Prescription Drug misuse means taking a prescription in a dosage other than directed, or someone else's prescription.  Learn the facts and follow these simple rules for reducing your risk of prescription drug misuse.

  1. Take all Rx as directed.
  2. Don't mix Rx pills with alcohol.
  3. Use Rxs responsibly
  4. Call 911 for Rx emergencies.
  5. Don't share Rxs.
  6. Ask the healthcare provider or pharmacist before taking a new Rx and make sure you let them know all Rx you are prescribed or taking.
  7. Dispose of remaining Rx.

Click here to learn more about prescription medications.

Marijuana 

Marijuana and its active components (THC and CBD) exist in many forms and strengths and can affect people differently. Marijuana like other drugs can lead to the development of a substance disorder.

Compared to those who don't use marijuana, those who frequently use report the following:

- lower life satisfaction

- poorer mental health

- poorer physical health 

- more relationship problems

Click here to learn more about marijuana and its effects.  


Check out more student well-being resources at: 

wellkentucky.uky.edu

Join us via zoom to discuss this week's well-being topic with Student Wellness Ambassadors. Wednesday December 16th 4:00 pm 

https://uky.zoom.us/j/2899384695