Know the Signs

Know the Signs

6 Signs of Substance Use That May Be Affecting Your Life

Alcohol PoisoningAlcohol AbuseDrug Use

Impaired DrivingBlackoutsAbility to Consent


Alcohol PoisoningAlcohol Poisoning

  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow breathing (usually less than eight breaths a minute)
  • Irregular breathing (a gap of more than 10 seconds between breaths)
  • Blue-tinged skin or pale skin
  • Low body temperature (hypothermia)
  • Unconsciousness

All of these symptoms do not have to present before you seek help. A person who is unconscious is at risk of dying.

When to see a doctor?

  • If the person is unconscious, uncontrolled vomiting, and breathing less than eight times a minutes, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

Information taken from: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alcohol-poisoning/ds00861/dsection=symptoms

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Alcohol AbuseAlcohol Abuse

  • You hurt yourself or someone else when you are drinking.
  • You drink in risky situations, such as before or while driving a car.
  • Low or no attendance at school or school because of drinking.
  • You suffer from blackouts; you can't remember what happened while you were drinking.
  • You have faced legal problems because of your drinking. For example: being arrested due to alcohol.
  • Your friends and family are worried about your drinking habits.
  • You feel guilty after drinking.
  • You make excuses for your drinking or do things to hide your drinking.

Information taken from: http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/alcohol-abuse/alcohol-abuse-and-dependence-symptoms

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Drug UseDrug Abuse

  • Feeling that you have to use the drug regularly - this can range from daily to several times a day.
  • Failed attempts at stop using the drug
  • Spending money on the drug, even though you can't afford it
  • Doing things to obtain the drug that you normally wouldn't do, such as stealing.
  • Energy displacement - focusing more time and energy on getting and using the drug.
  • Problems in school - frequently missing classes, sudden disinterest in school and/or school activities, or a drop in grades.
  • Physical health issues - lack of energy and motivation.
  • Spending money - request for money without a reasonable explanation.

Information taken from: http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/alcohol-abuse/alcohol-abuse-and-dependence-symptoms

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Impaired DrivingDriving Impaired

  • Straddling lanes
  • Almost striking and object or another vehicle
  • Taking extremely wide turns
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Driving on the shoulder
  • Driving without headlights
  • Narrowly missing another car or object by passing too closely
  • Signaling inconsistently with what they are doing.
  • Stop in inappropriate places such as green lights and crosswalks with no pedestrians.

What to do?

  • Stay far behind the suspected impaired driver
  • Get out of the way and expect the unexpected
  • Wear your safety belt and make sure passengers are wearing their safety belts as well.
  • Call 911 to report the suspected impaired driver. Give the location, direction, and description of the driver.

Information taken from: http://www.old-colony.com/howto.htm

Where to get help?

  • Alcohol and Drug Programs - CLC 220 - (864) 503-5536
    • Katie Howe, Health Educator
  • Counseling Services - CLC 224 - (864) 503-5195
    • Francis Jarrett-Hortis, Director of Counseling Services
    • Jules Auerbach, Assistant Director of Counseling Services
  • University Public Safety - 800 University Way - (864) 503-5911
    • Klay Peterson, Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police

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BlackoutsBlackout/Unconsciousness

  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Inability to speak or move parts of his or her body
  • Light-headedness
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Drowsiness

What NOT to do:

  • Do not leave an unconscious person alone
  • Do not give an unconscious persona any food or drink
  • Do not place a pillow under the head of an unconscious person
  • Do not slap an unconscious person's face or splash water on the face to try to revive him or her.

Information taken from: http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/injury/unconsciousness-first-aid/overview.html

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Ability to ConsentConsent to Sex/ Date Rape

  • Using physical or verbal threats, emotional blackmail, or alcohol and drugs to force or trick you into having sex.
  • It's just not sexual intercourse - it can be oral sex or some other kind of sex.
  • While it's mostly women who are raped, guys can be victims of date rape too.
  • Not stopping when the other party wants to stop, with words, actions, or both are rape. If he/she seems hesitant do not try to convince him/her to give, just stop!

Information taken from: http://www.aboutdaterape.nsw.gov.au/whatis/whatis.html

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