Posted on November 19, 2013 in Addiction, Mental Health

Female College Students Who Have ADHD at a Greater Risk for Binge Drinking

Before parents send their children off to college, they try to prepare them both with proper material items and with good advice. Supplies for their dorm room fill a checklist and parents may remind their children to be safe as they live away from home. Safety talks about violence, rape, alcohol, and drugs can help students be more aware of their environment.

Female college students may get different safety talks than males will get from their parents. Females who engage in binge drinking are more likely to fall prey to disrespectful, abusive males. Those females who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are at an even greater risk of binge drinking and being at risk for all of the harmful effects of binge drinking. For those girls who have ADHD, parents need to specifically address the risks they may face as they head off to a new world of academic life.

Some college students think of drinking alcohol as just another part of college, even though many of them are underage drinkers. Being away from home brings new freedoms that will test a student’s wise decisions. Many clinical studies have cautioned about the harm that binge drinking can do. Those who engage in binge drinking always face immediate risks of being out of control of their thoughts or mobility; and in those moments they may be at risk of accidentally harming themselves or someone else. But, the effects of binge drinking go beyond the evening’s party.

The earlier in life a person starts drinking alcohol, the more likely they are to abuse alcohol throughout their life. High amounts of alcohol in the system in short intervals of time can send some people to the emergency room. Others may suffer damage to their kidneys, heart, or other organs that may plague them for the rest of their life. Beyond physical ailments, binge drinking also affects a student’s academic life

When students arrive at college with a mental illness, like ADHD, they have to already be thinking of how to wisely manage their college extracurricular activities. Those with ADHD already have a greater tendency to engage in binge drinking. Coupled with this is the greater risk of how hangovers can prevent them even further from being able to concentrate on their academic courses and studies.

Through medicine, therapy, and personal perseverance, mental illness can be managed effectively. However, when binge drinking is thrown into the mix, chemical imbalances can cause harmful and detrimental effects.

College students who have ADHD can be just as successful as those without ADHD. But those students should be advised of how uncontrolled alcoholic drinking can strip them of that success. The clarity they can find with mental health treatment can be undermined by the after effects of consuming large amounts of alcohol.

Educating students on how to make wise choices for a healthy life is beneficial before they leave home to be educated on what they need for their career.

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