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Manchester is the largest city in the state of New Hampshire with a total population of 109,565 as of the 2010 census. The city is the largest in Northern New England, and its metropolitan area is one of the fastest growing in New England. The city is located in Hillsborough County. Manchester is divided into eastern and western sections by the Merrimack River. In 2009 Manchester was rated 13th in a list of the 100 best cities to live and launch a business in the United States. A well as the city was voted the second most tax friendly city in the United States, and ranked the first on the list of “America’s 100 Cheapest Places to Live” by Forbes magazine.
Manchester is home to several colleges, universities and higher education programs such as Hesser College, Manchester Community College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, New Hampshire Institue of Art, North Eastern Institute of Whole Health – School of Massage Therapy , Saint Anselm College, Southern New Hampshire University, Springfield College School of Human Services and the University of New Hampshire at Manchester.
Alcohol on college campuses
With the large number of college campuses throughout the city of Manchester there is bound to be a problem with drugs and alcohol. The substance of choice for most is Alcohol. Peer pressure makes drinking a right of passage for young adults. What seems to be a night of fun can turn into an addiction in no time. The health risks of binge drinking is ignored and leads to many finding themselves in the emergency room with alcohol poisoning or injuries due to poor judgment choices. These college campuses all have a zero tolerance to drug and alcohol abuse, yet its students still find a way around it, to “party and have fun”.
- Almost half of full-time college students binge drink, abuse prescription drugs, or abuse illegal drugs.
- In 2005, nearly one-quarter of those college students meet the medical definition of substance abuse or dependence, this is three times the rate in the general population.
- The rate of binge drinking jumped 16 percent from 1993 to 2005.
- College students who drink until drunk in the past month rose 26% over that decade.
- Alcohol-related arrest per campus rose 21 percent from 2001 to 2005.
- Alcohol abuse is known to lead to abuse of other drugs
- Prescription drug abuse rose an alarming 343% from 1993 to 2005 for painkillers, stimulants “study drugs,” and sedatives.
- Daily marijuana use doubled. In 2005 4 percent of students reported they smoked marijuana daily.
- Over 8 percent of students reporting they had used cocaine and heroin.
- Student deaths from unintentional alcohol-related injuries rose 56 percent from 1998 to 2001.
- Over 1,700 students died from alcohol-related injuries and alcoholism.
Binge Drinking refers to the heavy consumption of alcohol over a short period of time. Binge Drinking in the United States is classified as the consumption of five or more drinks in a row by men or four or more drinks in a row by women, at least once in the previous 2 weeks. Heavy binge drinking includes three or more such episodes in 2 weeks. Binge drinking impairs ones judgment, drinkers are more likely to take risks they might not take when they’re sober. They may drive drunk and injure themselves or others. people who have impaired judgment may have unprotected sex, putting them at greater risk of a sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) or unplanned pregnancy.
The biggest health risk with binge drinking is Alcohol poisoning. It affects the body’s breathing and the gag reflex, if the gag reflex isn’t working properly, a person can choke to death on his or her vomit. Other signs of alcohol poisoning are extreme confusion, inability to be awakened, vomiting, seizures, slow or, irregular breathing, low body temperature, bluish and pale skin. Alcohol poisoning can be fatal. Binge drinking can even lead to alcoholism, making it difficult to quit.
Manchester NH Rehab Facilities
If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol contact an Manchester New Hampshire rehab facility today. There are programs designed for all forms of alcohol abuse problems that will help the addict regain control of their life.