What is excessive drinking? If you follow public health discussions on the risks of alcohol consumption, or have simply seen headlines addressing the topic, you may be asking yourself what is considered “excessive drinking.” In the U.S., the guidelines used to define this dangerous pattern of alcohol intake — also known as heavy drinking — come largely from a federal agency called the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, or NIAAA.
Let’s take a closer look at how the NIAAA defines excessive drinking and relatively safe moderate drinking.
In recent years, you may have heard references to a new group of stimulant-like drugs that go by the name “bath salts.” And you may also have asked yourself, are bath salt drugs really bath salts? The answer to this question is “No.” A quick review will expose the key differences between these drugs and legitimate, generally harmless bath products.
For a number of reasons, college students consume alcohol at unusually high rates and have especially strong odds of participating in the dangerous pattern of consumption known as binge drinking. Unfortunately, not all colleges provide adequate resources for binge drinking treatment and other forms of alcohol treatment. Let’s look at the types of treatment resources available for college students.