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More than 2 million young adults will soon begin their first year of college. Right now, students and their families are busy packing dorm supplies, reading course catalogs, and otherwise preparing to send a young adult off to college. But what else should families do to ensure that their loved one actually succeeds in college? One answer is to talk with them about avoiding underage drinking during college.
Did you know that the average first use of alcohol by young people in the United States peaks in June and July? Every day in the month of July, an average 11,600 young people take their first drink. Also, young people report that alcohol is easy to obtain, and new forms of alcohol distribution, like online ordering, present new challenges to underage drinking prevention. That’s why it’s especially important that parents start – or continue – the conversation about underage drinking during the summer months.
Alcohol problems are alarmingly common in the general population. Between 10 and 20 percent of patients seen in primary care or hospital settings have a diagnosable alcohol use disorder. However, there are treatment options available.Many addiction experts believe that patients with moderate or severe alcohol-related problems should routinely be offered medication-assisted treatment. Unfortunately, current evidence shows that medications are underused in the treatment of alcohol use disorders. In fact, of the 18.0 million people who met the criteria for alcohol dependence or abuse in 2013, only 1.4 million received any type of treatment (excluding mutual-help groups)—ranging from a single meeting with a counselor to participation in a specialized treatment program.
From September 21-27, we celebrate Bisexuality Awareness Week. In honor of this upcoming event, I’d like to talk about the “B” in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. Did you know that, of all those who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, half identify as bisexual? That means the “B” the largest segment of the LGBT community.