Drugs & Alcohol

While drugs and alcohol often seem commonplace among our peers, don't forget to consider the damage they can cause.

Young Adults


Warning signs of drug abuse:

  • Skipping class/work
  • Taking drugs to relieve withdrawal symptoms
  • Loss of interest in old hobbies
  • Irritability, depression
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Dropping one group of friends for another

Warning signs of alcohol abuse:

  • Loss of interest in work or school
  • Needing a drink to feel relaxed
  • Inability to control drinking
  • Lying about drinking habits
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Exhibition of violent behavior



of young adults binge drink at least once a month.

What can I do?

Asking for help from a family member, friend, or health professional is the first important step. There are many substance abuse treatment options, such as in-patient and out-patient treatment centers, and counseling that can be tailored to suit your individual needs.
If you know someone who may be struggling with substance abuse, talk with them when they are sober about your concerns and what you can do to get help.