May 17

STRESS LESS CARNIVAL… Finals week looms @ GCU

Pick a duck... receive a needed school supply for finals week...

Pick a duck… receive a needed school supply for finals week…

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A fun game of corn hole!

A fun game of corn hole!

Hot dogs and Nachos, galore!

Hot dogs and Nachos, galore!

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What can be better than a massage to relieve stress & tension?

What can be better than a massage to relieve stress & tension?

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Easing the stress of finals!

Easing the stress of finals!

 

What could be better than spending time with an adorable cocker spaniel!

What could be better than spending time with an adorable cocker spaniel!

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Approaching a grueling finals week? Take some time & revitalize with various mindful activities.

Approaching a grueling finals week? Take some time & revitalize with various mindful activities.

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Mandala coloring... always calming...

Mandala coloring… always calming…

Students enjoying popcorn & Dippin Dots during Stress Less Carnival at the onset of Finals Week

Students enjoying popcorn & Dippin Dots during Stress Less Carnival at the onset of Finals Week

GCU enjoying the sun & fun prior to finals week.

GCU enjoying the sun & fun prior to finals week.

Pet Therapy dogs help to relieve stress for students!

Pet Therapy dogs help to relieve stress for students!

m5It’s that time of year again for GCU students. Finals week is beginning and student’s stress levels are rising while their sleep levels are declining. GCU students took a “Stress Less” break to reenergize & refocus prior to finals. The offices of Student Affairs and Student Success planned many activities to engage students and provide them with the tools to de-stress.

 

 

 

 

 

Is STRESS getting the better of you?

Stress is tension or pressures that are a natural part of living our lives. Changes and events in our lives ( finals, papers, assignments all due within a short period of time!) are major sources of stress. Pressures and tension from both good and bad changes can trigger our Stress Alarm System making us feel that we want to either fight the stress or run away from it.

Learning to read your mind and body language is a way to tell if you are under stress. Cold hands, rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, forgetfulness, shakiness, headaches, muscle tension, knotted stomach are some of the ways your body/mind let you know that you need to change the stress, leave the stress or go with it.

You don’t have to handle it alone. When confronted with a crisis or overwhelmed with stress talk things out with friends and family. Don’t forget the GCU Counseling Center provides free, confidential services. Contact them at 732-987-2680. Getting help can help to put you back on course and reduce the negative effects STRESS can have on you.

HEALTHFUL TIPS:

Develop a positive, realistic attitude. Recognizing when you are being unfair or unrealistic with yourself is a good start. Give yourself “self applause”, a pat on the back for a job well done and look for the positive in “failure”- what have you learned from this experience.

Getting proper rest and sleep gives both your body and mind time to quiet down and regenerate.

Relaxation is a skill in itself. Listen to music, exercise, meditate, and mindful activities quiet you down to feel renewed.

 

DON”T FOOL YOURSELF. Drugs, tobacco , and alcohol are no cure for stress!

Foods high in protein, vitamin C, B, and A protect us from the effects of stress. These are found in whole grain foods, fruits and veggies, especially citrus fruits, dark green leafy veggies, meat , and dairy products. Caffeine, candy bars, and junk food create false energy and stress the body even more.

May 01

The Truth about Bananas

Fresh-Fruit-Banana-HD-WallpaperThe Truth about Bananas

by Jessica Innocent

Many of us know bananas as fruit and they are in fact classified as a dessert. Bananas are commonly eaten when they are fully ripped but are initially intended for cooking. There are different types of bananas such as sweet bananas, cooking bananas, and plantains. Bananas have become a very popular fruit alongside strawberries and apples. Bananas are grown in about 130 different countries worldwide and have been labeled as the fifth most important agricultural food crop.

Bananas are consumed by people for its health benefits. Bananas contain about three different vitamins such as vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin A. these vitamins take up almost half of vitamins in minerals that are contained in each banana. Bananas are very low in sodium which is great and low in fat as well. Bananas are also essentially a good source of fiber as well as a good source of antioxidant. Healthy aging is supported by these antioxidants as well good heart health and healthy brain support. For the heart health benefits if bananas they’re a good source of potassium and are suggested to be a daily intake. Potassium helps maintain normal blood pressure as well as helps with the functioning of the heart. It is said that higher intake of potassium reduces the risk of a stroke. Because bananas have a great source of fiber it also helps aid our digestive health. Bananas are not only resourceful for the body but are great for weight loss as well. There are many dietary plans that consist of eating bananas daily to help reduce weight gain.

Bananas are a great fruit and dessert and should essentially be consumed about twice a day for a healthy body system. Not only do they taste good but they are great for your health as well.

May 01

83 Ways to Love Your Body and to Love Your Self

83 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR BODY AND TO LOVE YOURSELF

BY TANAYAH HARLEY & JESSICA INNOCENT

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  1. DO SOMETHING YOU WERE AFRAID TO DO……….2. READ A BOOK……….3. NOURISH YOURSELF……….4.RESPECT YOURSELF……….5.RESPECT OTHERS……….6.TAKE TIME OUT FOR YOURSELF……….7.SET ASIDE GOALS………. 8.GIVE BACK………. 9.BE COMPASSIONATE………. 10.GET MORE SLEEP………. 11.TAKE YOURSELF ON DATES………. 12. START A JOURNAL………. 13.TAKE SELFIES………. 14.PAMPER YOURSELF………. 15.HAVE POSITIVE VIBES………. 16.BANISH NEGATIVE THOUGHTS………. 17.ENCOURAGE YOUSELF………. 18.ALWAYS APPRECIATE YOUR BODY………. 19. KEEP YOUR HEAD HELD HIGH………. 20.WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING………. 21.SPEAK POSITIVELY ABOUT YOURSELF………. 22. LEAVE POSITIVE NOTES AROUND YOUR HOME………. 23.PROMOTE LOVE TO YOURSELF………. 24.ALWAYS BE PROUD OF YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED………. 25.APPRECIATE YOUR BODY AND WHAT IT DOES FOR YOU………. 26.ACCEPT ALL YOUR BODY’S FLAWS………. 27.GLORIFY YOUR BODY’S SUCCESS………. 28.CARE FOR YOUR BODY……….. 29.DONT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS………. 30.DONT STRESS ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS………. 31.FOCUS ON WHAT HELPS YOU FEEL GOOD………. 32.FIND A ROUTINE FOR YOU AND STICK TO IT………. 33.ALWAYS TAKE DEEP BREATHES………. 34.SET ASIDE BUSINESS AND PLEASURE………. 35.TAKE A BUBBLE BATH………. 36.GET NEW HOBBIES………. 37.SIT AND THINK………. 38.EXPLORE NEW PLACES………. 39.RELAX AND WATCH MOVIES………. 40.GO OUT TO THE MOVIES WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS………. 41. ENJOY NATURE………. 42.DRINK PLENTY OF WATER………. 43.TAKE A WALK ……….44.TAKE NAPS ……….45.EAT CHOCOLATE ……….46.GAZE AT THE STARS ……….47.LEARN TO FORGIVE ……….48.ALWAYS LOOK AT THE GLASS HALF FULL AND NOT HALF EMPTY ……….49.BE OPTIMISITIC ……….50. BUY FRESH FLOWERS EVERY NOW AND THEN ……….51. FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS ……….52.BEIEVE IN YOURSELF ……….53.USE COLOFUL PENS FOR NO REASON ……….54.SMILE ……….55.STRETCH ……….56.CALL A FRIEND ……….57.ASK FOR HELP ……….58.MEDITATE ……….59.LIST THINGS YOU’RE GRATEFUL FOR ……….60.CREATE SOMETHING ……….61.ASK FOR HUGS AND GIVE THEM OFTEN ……….62.LIGHT A CANDLE ……….63.GET IN TUNE WITH MOTHER NATURE ……….64.EAT ICE-CREAM ……….65.USE SCENTED LOTIONS AND SOAPS THAT YOU LOVE ……….66.GIVE COMPLIMENTS ……….67.LISTEN TO MUSIC ……….68.PLAY A SPORT ……….69.EAT ALL THE FOODS YOU LOVE ……….70.BE SILLY WHEN YOU WANT TO ……….71. LAUGH ……….72.STOP WORRYING YOURSELF ……….73.TRUST YOURSELF ……….74.DO SOMETHING THATS ONLY FOR YOU ……….75.MAKE SURE YOUR HEALTH IS IN ORDER ……….76. DANCE ……….77. STAND UP FOR YOURSELF ……….78.AVOID NEGATIVE PEOPLE ……….79.DREAM BIG ……….80.STOP PROCRASTINATING ……….81.IDENTIFY YOUR PASSION ……….82.TOOT YOUR OWN HORN ……….83.AVOID EATING IN FRONT OF THE TELEVISION.

May 01

March Madness for Nutrition

MARCH MADNESS FOR NUTRITION

BY TANAYAH HARLEY

March was Nutrition Month, and for “Wellness on Wheels” there was a table set up in the hallway of Jeffries where students were able to pick up fun facts about nutrition and even a stress ball for their upcoming finals. The information ranged from what non-organic fruits were good to eat and what fruits needed to be bought organic for safety from pesticides. There was also information about what healthy snacks people should replace from the unhealthy snacks they ate. Let’s not forget about our contest that went on. The students were challenged to eat healthy meals all month and with those healthy meals they were able to take a photo of the healthy meal itself or them eating it and send the photo to Health Services. The more photos they took the greater chance they had to win. The grand prize for the contest was a dinner for 2 at a local restaurant. What a way to end March Madness!!!

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Ever wonder what GMO means? Well, it means Genetically Modified Organisms. The 10 WORST FOODS that are prominently high in GMO’s are the following:

 Corn

Canola

Soy

Aspartame

Papayas

Cotton

Dairy

Zucchini

Yellow Squash.

Be sure to ask about the nutrition facts about your meal when going out to eat and make sure you read the nutrition labels on foods and drinks.

Did you miss “Snack Attack”? Well don’t worry because you are able to do the same thing at home. During “Snack Attack” there was information given about healthy snacks you could eat and there was a table set out in the Gavan Lounge where you were able to come and make your own trail mix. Ingredients included raisins, white and dark mini chocolate chips, cheerios, pretzels, popcorn , and more… lots more. You are able to make these at home just using healthy little snacks and putting them together in a little plastic bag.

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Feb 06

Wellness on Wheels

Wellness on Wheels

By Jessica Innocent

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Wednesdays wellness on wheels was a great opportunity for new students as well as returning students to get a little more familiar with the Health Services department here at Georgian Court. There was a table set out in the beginning of Jefferies Hall where the students enter, where they were able to pick up information about many different things. On the table were forms about eating breakfast, the hours and services offered by health services, how to focus while studying, and many more! As for the new students there was also information that was provided for them to fill out any health paperwork that they may have not gotten the chance to. There was provided little candies, as well as goodies for the students to take to make their stay here at Georgian Court just a little bit easier. The turnout was great and the students loved and appreciated it, as well as some of the faculty and staff.

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Dec 09

Stress Less During Final Week of Classes!

MANDALA COLORING REFOCUS YOUR THOUGHTS

MANDALA COLORING
REFOCUS YOUR THOUGHTS

Need a stress ball! You can make one at the Stress Less fair!

Need a stress ball!
You can make one at the Stress Less fair!

  The GCU Stress Less Event has become an annual tradition. The offices of Student Affairs and Student Success get together to provide fun and stress free events before Finals Week kicks in. This provides opportunities to relax, unwind, refocus, and have fun before the grueling week of final exams.

Stress is an important factor that can affect academic performance and success. Yes, the competition for grades, deadlines for papers and projects, a heavy course load, work, relationships, fear of academic failure, the need to perform well, career choices and many other aspects of “college life” cause stress. Stress can stop you cold in your tracks. Stress can be paralyzing.  Stress can affect your health. If you were unable to visit the fair, GCU counselor Elizabeth Tomasulo, Psy.D has the following  stress management strategies:

Strategy #1   GET MOVING! Put on some music and dance, dance, dance! Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Park your car in the farthest spot in the lot and walk the rest of the way. Pair up with an exercise partner and encourage each other as you work out. Visit the GCU fitness center!

 

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PET THERAPY DOGS HELP RELIEVE THE STRESS

 

 

 

 

 

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Strategy #2 ENGAGE SOCIALLY! Help someone else by volunteering. Thank you to all the student volunteers during the stress less event! Call or e-mail an old friend. Schedule weekly dinner date with friends. Meet new people by joining an activity or club.

Pick a Duck Win a school supply! pens, pencils, clips, highlighters, galore

Pick a Duck
Win a school supply!
pens, pencils, clips, highlighters, galore

 

 

 

Strategy #3 AVOID UNNECESSARY STRESS Learn how to say “no”. Avoid people who stress you out. Take control of your environment.

Students enjoyed Sno Cones Very Refreshing!!!! Very De-stressing!

Students enjoyed Sno Cones
Very Refreshing!!!!
Very De-stressing!

 

Strategy #4 Accept the Things You Can’t Change! Don’t try to control the uncontrollable. Look for the upside. Learn to forgive.

Paint a pine cone!

Paint a pine cone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strategy #5 MAKE TIME FOR FUN AND RELAXATION Set aside relaxation time. Do something you enjoy every day. Keep your sense of humor. And visit the Stress Less fair on campus!

Enjoy a FREE Chair Massage!

Enjoy a FREE Chair Massage!

 

 

Ring Toss! Physical activity is good for the mind and good for your health.

Ring Toss!
Physical activity is good for the mind and good for your health.

 

 

Stress Less is also a great time to enroll in social services

Stress Less Fair  is also a great time to enroll in social services

 

GCU students picking their "Duck Pond" prize

GCU students picking their “Duck Pond” prize

 

Navigator provided assistance for students to enroll in ACA health insurance

Navigator provided assistance for students to enroll in ACA health insurance

 

 

TRIO provided students with study tips including techniques to help students prioritize assignments.

 

 

 

Res Life provided students with a Hot Cocoa bar Cookies and marshmallows galore!

Res Life provided students with a Hot Cocoa bar
Cookies and marshmallows galore!

Nov 18

How SWEET it is?

A “spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” but are you aware that there’s plenty of sugar in a multitude of common grocery items even the ones that are supposed to be “healthy”.

Why worry about sugar? Sugar is a carbohydrate. One teaspoon of sugar equals 4 grams and contains about 16 calories. So, what’s all the fuss about? Unfortunately, when sugar is eaten in large amounts it provides excess empty calories that can lead to weight gain and raise your insulin levels upsetting your body’s blood sugar balance. The rise in insulin levels caused by an increased sugar intake may cause inflammation, increasing your risk for disease. It may also inhibit key hormones that regulate your immune system. Insulin causes your body to store fat. That is why a high sugar intake is linked to obesity and weight gain. High sugar intake is also linked to elevated levels of triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat in the blood that has been linked to cardiovascular disease.

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Sugars which occur naturally in foods are “good sugars”. The foods that contain “good sugars” also provide key nutrients to your body. They are:

Low fat or skim milk

Fruits: blueberries, apples, pineapples, oranges, bananas, melons, etc.

Most veggies: carrots, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower

The so-called “bad sugars” are found in foods that are typically laden with sugar. They are:hsii2

Soda

Pancake syrup

Candy

Cake, cookies , donuts, etc.

BUT BEWARE! Some foods that sound healthy are loaded with sugar, too! These include:

Granola 2/3 c=4 tsp.

Dried fruit 1 c=21 tsp.

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Orange juice 8oz=5 tsp.

Snapple Ice tea 1 bottle=8.5 tsp.

Power Bar= 4.75 tsp.

Frozen Yogurt 8oz=8.5 tsp.

WOW! THAT’S ALOT OF SUGAR!

So exactly how much sugar should we be eating? It’s recommended that Americans eat no more than 8 teaspoons of sugar per day based on a 2,000 calorie diet. That’s about 32 grams of sugar if you’re reading labels.

REMEMBER: 1TEASPOON=16 GRAMS=16CALORIES

Be aware and  read your food labels to determine how much sugar you are eating!

Oct 25

October is Disabilities Month

October is Disabilities Awareness Month

By Luana Fahr

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October is Disabilities Awareness Month. Many people suffer from both visible and invisible disabilities. People are not defined by their disabilities, and it is, therefore, very important to be aware of placing the person before the disability in our thoughts and in our language

ADA (American with Disabilities Act) defines a person with a disability as a “person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity”. On October 18, 2016, the Academic Development and Support Center hosted a student panel. The student panel chose to self-identify and offered open and thoughtful discussions of their disabilities and the impact they have had on their lives. The panel was formed to bring awareness to the GCU community of not only the challenges, but the positive aspects of living with a disability. Most people will experience at least one disability within their lifetime. We have no idea what a person is going through, especially in terms of invisible disabilities. The students, in particular, wanted to encourage the message of being treated the same as everyone else and that they have developed many important strengths as a result of their disabilities.

Did you know?

  • Around 10% of the world’s population, or 650 million p[people, live with a disability. They are the world’s largest minority and are the most marginalized population.
  • 56 million Americans, or 1-in-5, live with disabilities. Thirty-eight million disabled Americans, or 1-in-10, live with severe disabilities.
  • 30% of astronauts have autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is notably higher than the official government estimate of 1 in 68 American children with autism, by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • People with learning disabilities have average to above average intelligence
  • Only 17% of young adults with disabilities inform postsecondary schools about their needs.

 

Can you match the person listed with his or her disability?

  1. Demi Lovato                                                            a. ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  2. Stephen Hawking                                                     b. Blind
  3. Walt Disney                                                              c. Bipolar Disorder
  4. Vincent Van Gogh                                                    d. Depression
  5. Dan Akroyd                                                               e. Deafness
  6. Cher                                                                          f. Autism
  7. Stevie Wonder                                                          g. Learning Disability
  8. Ludwig Von Beethoven                                             h. Dyslexia

answers: 1-c,2-a,3-g,4-d,5-f,6-h,7-b,8-e

True or False

a. Some disabilities are invisible

b. Words such as wheelchair bound, handicapped, or special needs are acceptable to use.

c. When talking with a person in a wheelchair for more than a few minutes, place yourself at the wheelchair user’s eye level.

d. If a person is deaf, speak to the sign language interpreter sitting next to him or her in order to communicate.

e. It’s okay to ask people with speech problems to repeat what they said if you didn’t understand the first time.

f. Petting or playing with your friend’s service dog will make it feel more comfortable.

g. If you have a disability, you should no longer request accommodations or adjustments in college.

answers: a-T, b-F, c-T, d-F, e-T, f-F, g-F

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Helpful Hints when meeting friends with disabilities. ( from Easter Seals)

There is an appropriate and inappropriate way to interact with people with disabilities. For example, the phrase “people with a disability’ is preferred instead of “handicapped person” because the word “handicapped” derives from “cap in hand”, a phrase associated with beggars and begging.

  • It’s okay to offer your help to someone, but don’t just go ahead. Ask first. Or wait for someone to ask you for your help.
  • It’s okay to ask people about their disabilities and it’s okay for them not to talk about it.
  • Remember, just because people use wheelchairs, it doesn’t mean they are sick. Lots of people who use wheelchairs are healthy and strong.
  • It’s okay to ask people who have a speech problem to repeat what they said if you don’t understand the first time.
  • Don’t speak loudly when talking to people with visual impairments. They hear as well as you do.
  • Never pet or play with seeing eye dogs. They can’t be distracted from the job they are doing.
  • Invite friends with disabilities to join you in daily activities and special occasions. Think about ways to make sure they can be involved in the things you do.
  • Don’t park in places reserved for people with disabilities.
  • Treat a person with a disability the way you would like to be treated and you’ll have a friend for life. People with disabilities are entitled to the courtesies that you extend to anyone. This includes their personal privacy. if you don’t generally ask people personal questions, then don’t ask those questions of people with disabilities.

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Disability Etiquette ( excerpt by Kathie Snow; visit www.disabilityisnatural.com to see complete article)

Remember: a disability descriptor is simply a medical diagnosis. People First Language respectfully puts the person before the disability. A person with a disability is more like people without disabilities than different.

Say:                                                                      Instead of:

People with disabilities.                                         The handicapped or disabled.

He has a cognitive disability/diagnosis.                  He’s mentally retarded

She has autism (or a diagnosis of)                       She’s autistic.

She has a learning disability                                  She’s learning disabled.

She’s of short stature/ she’s a little person             She’s a dwarf/midget.

He has a mental health condition/diagnosis         He’s emotionally disturbed/mentally ill.

She uses a wheelchair                                          She’s confined to/is wheelchair bound

Children without disabilities                                    Normal or healthy kids

Communicates with his eyes/device/etc.                Is non-verbal

Congenital disability                                               Birth defect

Brain injury                                                             Brain damaged

Accessible parking                                                 Handicapped parking, hotel room, etc.

She needs… or she uses…                                    She has problems with/ has special needs

People we serve                                                    Client, consumer, recipient, etc.

 

There are many other descriptors that we need to change- Keep thinking!

For more information contact the Academic Development and Support Center located on the lower level of the GCU Library.

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Sep 30

Smarty Party 9/14… GCU students learn smart ways to party

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mt3mt2This past  September 14th Smarty Party was held in the Gavan Lounge.

Students were treated to “Mocktails”  and asked to answer a few of the questions  posted on this blog.

 

 

Do you know the answers to these questions?

 

 

 

 

Students tried on “drunk goggles” to simulate alcohol intoxication. Do you think they were able to walk a straight line? Or perform a simple task?

Think again…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100 ” Drink safe” coasters were distributed students. The coasters allow students to test their drink for hidden drugs such as ecstasy, rohyphol, or GHB. These are a few of the drugs known as “date rape drugs”

 

 

STAY SAFE TIPS

1. Remember alcohol is the #1 date rape drug

2. Keep a clear head when socializing especially off campus and in bars by keeping track of your drinks

3. If you choose to drink- DO NOT DRINK more  than 1 drink per hour and have no more than 3 drinks per night

4. NEVER LEAVE your drink unattended or hand it to someone else. If you have not been watching your drink get a new one!

5. Communicate your plans with your friends. Maintain control of yourself at all times.

6.  Set your boundaries and make sure that they are clear

7. Trust your instincts. If a situation doesn’t feel right, walk away

8. Unless in a bar, make your own drinks. Remember a glass or a cup can have multiple drink equivalents

9. If you believe you are a victim of a date rape drug, you can be tested at a local hospital emergency room within 24 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 30

A Brain is a Terrible Thing to Waste

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When you drink alcohol, your brain cells communicate at a slower rate than normal. Yup, alcohol acts as a depressant. Alcohol also impairs the function of your limbic system, that part of the brain that controls your emotions. Your inhibitions may disappear making you become more social perhaps less fearful and anxious. You become less attune to potentially dangerous situations. Alcohol slows the functioning of your pre frontal cortex. The pre frontal cortex is associated with reasoning and judgment. So when you drink alcohol you may exhibit more impulsive behavior and have poor judgment.

Remember as the dose of alcohol increases brain function decreases.

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Your cerebellum which plays a major part in muscle coordination is also impacted. That is why the more drunk you become, the more you may lose your balance, perhaps fall, and feel dizzy like the world is spinning. Neurons in the brain control both the heart and breathing rate, so id you drink large amounts of alcohol in either a short or over a sustained period of time, your neurons quite functioning and guess what? your heart and lungs stop working and guess what? you can die.death

 

What is considered 1 drink?

1-drinkWhether it be a cosmo, bottle of Bud, Yeungling or Coors, or a glass or white wine, each  person will be affecteddr1 differently. One mixed drink may contain 3 to 4 ounces of either the same or different liquors.  That’s more than 1 drink! Body weight, body muscle and fat ratios, health status, and even your genetic makeup will affect the amount of alcohol that enters your bloodstream. Have you eaten?  Whether or not you have eaten or a snacking while drinking may also affects the amount of alcohol that enters into your bloodstream.  What has your mood have to do with drinking? Interestingly, your mood can also affect how you feel while drinking. Alcohol tends to make a bad mood worse.

Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the US.

The signs of alcohol poisoning:

  • loss of coordination
  • vomiting repeatedly
  • seizures
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  • Irregular, slow breathing
  • Confusion, Unconsciousness
  • Stupor- conscious but unresponsive-COMA

Alcohol poisoning is life threatening. If you suspect anyone of alcohol poisoning, dial 911 immediately.

Remember of you choose to drink, do so mindfully.

  • Limit yourself to 1 drink every 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Hydrate- alternate an alcoholic beverage with a glass of water or seltzer
  • Plan ahead- decide if and how much you want to drink
  • Avoid drinking games- they’re designed to increase your alcohol consumption
  • Feel free to turn down a drink
  • Ask friends to support your drinking limits
  • Be careful if you are sleep deprived, stressed out or have alcohol misuse in your family or have a chronic medical condition

 

If you have additional questions, visit Health Services or Counseling

 

 

 

 

 

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