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Alcohol & Drug Awareness

Alcohol

While in college there can be a lot of pressure to drink alcohol and to drink it in very high amounts. Remember you do not have to drink alcohol to have a good night! It’s important to know about the effects of alcohol and drugs to keep yourself safe and well. Alcohol can have a great effect and can have adverse effects. We all know that Ireland has a drinking culture and most of us know that we probably drink more than we should. However, when everyone else is doing the same, it's easy to forget how bad alcohol can be for our health. You should know how it effects your body and how to drink safely.

Take a look at some of the following links for information and advice on alcohol , consumption and the effects it can have:

 

Smoking 

Smoking is the inhalation of smoke from burning tobacco. Nicotine is the addictive drug present in tobacco and smoking a cigarette is the quickest and most powerful way to get it into our body. Nicotine is poisonous and has been used in the past as an insecticide. It is inhaled into the lungs, passes into the bloodstream and reaches the brain in about 10 -20 seconds. Nicotine addiction can occur very quickly and it is because of this that smokers continue to smoke, many for the rest of their lives. Smoking is an addiction, one that many of you may have begun in your teenage years.  Think about how many cigarettes do you smoke a day? Do you know the affects that is having in the short term and the long term on your health and the health of those around you. No matter what you may think you can give up!

CIT may become a smoke free campus at some stage, so you may have no choice but to QUIT.

Take a look at some of the following articles and links on smoking to see what it is really doing to your body:

 

 

Call into the nurse in the CIT Medical Centre who can help you to  quiet smoking and recommend the best method for you.

021 433 5780 or call in to the Medical Centre on teh Middle Floor of the Student Centre.

 

 

Drugs

Some time in our lives, we will all be exposed to drugs and/or to those who abuse them, but what do we do when we are exposed to them? Drugs range from alcohol (Yes, it is a drug) to heroin. There are so many cocktails and mixtures of new drugs out there every day  and you never know what it is you are actually taking . The temptation and curiosity to try something new is always there, but there are far better alternatives for the “first time thrill” you may be seeking. You could go sky-diving, bungee jumping or extreme kayaking. Drugs are not a thrill that you control. THEY CONTROL YOU. Would you let someone tell you how to live your life? Tell you what to wear? What to eat? Who you can be friends with? No! So why let a substance like drugs dictate your life? 

It’s important to remember that the word drugs covers a wide range of substances. They might be legal or illegal, useful or dangerous. It doesn’t matter if it’s coffee, alcohol, fags, hash, ecstasy, cocaine or paracetamol. They all have side effects and risks, some worse than others. Drug related problems depend on what drug is being used, who is using it and their mood (if you’re feeling down or stressed), why they’re taking it (to have fun or to escape from reality) and how much they’re taking. Make sure you read up on drugs and make informed choices.

So if you have any worries, queries or you/a friend/a family member are dealing with a drug abuse problem, there is a lot of support available. Information on many of these services is available from the  Students’ Union. 

 

Take a look at some of the following links for information and advice on drugs and the effects they can have:

 

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