Being a young adult is an interesting, exciting and challenging time of life. It is important that youngsters develop and socialise but there are many pressures and temptations in the life of a young adult. Therefore, it is important to be aware that alcohol or drug abuse can impact students and young adults.

Common symptoms of alcohol abuse

If you are concerned that you are becoming dependent on alcohol or you are worried that someone close to you is abusing alcohol, here are some common symptoms of alcohol abuse:

  • A failure to understand responsibilities with respect to home-life, studies, work or relationships
  • Regularly experiences accidents or legal problems due to drinking
  • Struggles to develop or maintain a relationship due to alcohol
  • Whenever they experience a challenge or has a bad day, their first reaction is to drink
  • Experiencing being irritable, suffers from insomnia and anxiety

Common symptoms of drug abuse

For some people, the most apparent symptoms of drug abuse are physical issues and this can include glazed or bloodshot eyes, constricted or dilated pupils, weight changes and alterations to the sleep pattern.

There will also likely be some behavioural changes in someone who is abusing drugs. It is common for the person to display more aggression or to appear more irritable. There may even be changes in their attitude and personality, while many people have experienced depression and lethargy.

Another common symptom is a change of social circles and the friends they socialise with.

It is fair to say that there are many risks and dangers associated with alcohol and drug abuse. With people’s attitude, motivation and energy being affected by their activities, students and young adults may find that their ability and willingness to study will be negatively affected.

Of course, there are many more serious outcomes associated with drug and alcohol abuse. Some people may become addicted and there are serious health concerns associated with the use of alcohol and drugs. There are short and long-term effects of misusing these substances but there is also a greater level of risk or injury through impaired judgment.

Impaired judgment can put a person at risk

Someone who is drunk, hungover or experiencing the effects of drug use may not make clear decisions, and this may put them at risk. There is also the criminality issue regarding some drug use or even the use of alcohol depending on the age of the young adult.

While many people enjoy the effects of alcohol and a lot of people use prescribed drugs in a safe and controlled manner, it is important to be aware that many people suffer due to their involvement with drugs and alcohol.

It is therefore important for people to be honest about their issues and to seek assistance with their troubles. Even if a person is fortunate enough to have friends and family members around or a strong supporting network, there is a need for the individual to recognise the problems they face and to seek assistance or to make changes.

Many young adults have experienced bad times with alcohol and drug abuse and thankfully, a great number of people have put these troubles behind them. Just because someone is struggling with the effects of alcohol and/or drug misuse doesn’t mean that they always will, but unfortunately, some people do.

Therefore, while many young adults experiment and enjoy alcohol and drugs, it is essential that they are aware of the risks and that they take steps to protect themselves from harm.

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