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The Effects Of Drinking And Smoking In College Students by annettetaylor(f): 12:14pm On Oct 30, 2020
In movies, college life is often falsely portrayed as filled with binge drinking and attending parties. This often gives students the perception that they need to smoke and drink to fit in. They also engage in such erratic behavior because of boredom, to lower inhibitions to make friends easily and to boost their social status use https://rankmywriter.com/essaypro-com-review. However, the effects of binge drinking and smoking are disastrous to one’s health. Here are valid reasons why college students shouldn’t drink or smoke just because they want to fit in.

Results in Alcohol Dose-Dependent

Did you know that even the smallest amount of alcohol can boost the effects of nicotine? This when you drink alcohol, it induces the person to smoke more. Thus the heavier the alcohol more frequent a person smokes. The smoking urge is also accelerated by the consumption of four or more alcoholic drinks. Besides, both alcohol and tobacco are highly addictive.

Just in case you want to drink and some just because you believe it will help you fit in college, remember that you are more likely to become an alcohol dependent and smoke more cigarettes.

Alcohol and Smoke-Related Deaths

Did you know that there are over five million alcohol-related deaths every year? Additionally, alcoholics tend to smoke while drinking, which puts them at higher risk of getting tobacco-related complications like cancer, lung diseases and cardiovascular issues. Chronic smoking and drinking have been linked to brain injuries. Some of the cognitive dysfunction associated with chronic smoking involve memory, balance, cognitive flexibility and intellectual abilities.

Impaired Judgement

While drinking and smoking were often viewed as an adult activity, nowadays students engage in it to look cool or fit in a certain social circle. The media portrayal has further helped perpetuate the appeal of these social habits. Excessive drinking and smoking disrupt rational thought and decision making.

Tobacco is a stimulant and alcohol is a depressant. Hence you may not realize how much alcohol is affecting you, thus motivating you to drink more. When you are drunk, you may incorrectly assess a situation and make a poor decision.

Impaired judgement can lead to rowdiness, loss of inhibitions, bad decisions or those that you might regret when you sober up. Even short term loss of control can lead to disastrous long term effects. Besides, combining two drugs can result in long term adverse health consequences as they affect the speed at which the body can metabolize the two compounds. As a result, the carcinogens, especially from smoking cigarettes, remain in the bloodstream for longer, which increases cancer risks.

Decision making is a skill that is crucial in young adults, especially when it involves education or career development. The decision making is also vulnerable to the effects of heavy smoking and alcohol consumption. Hence you are more likely to make a disadvantageous decision when you are under the influence of alcohol which is often accompanied by smoking.

Smoking alcoholics, particular those who are in their early 20s have become common in colleges because students use the habits to create a cool image, get noticed and fit in a particular social circle. But the short and long term effects are dangerous and not worth the effort.

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