Meningitis, flu virus, the affects of alcohol, and other health issues are of great concern to college faculty and staff, students, and parents. The Office of Student Health Services has put together these resources to inform and assist you.
Alcohol is the most-often used drug on college campuses today, although fewer than 25% of undergraduates are legally of age (21 or older) to consume alcoholic beverages. Affecting different people in different ways, alcohol not only puts you at risk of accident or injury, but also endangers others around you, especially if you attempt to drive after drinking. Drinking even small amounts of alcohol impairs your psycho-motor abilities and judgment and can lead to violent and/or at-risk behaviors, alcohol poisoning, and even death. For these reasons, alcoholic beverages and paraphernalia about alcohol (posters, coolers, t-shirts, and other items) are banned from the Huntingdon campus. Serious disciplinary action can occur if a student is caught violating this policy.
Here are some important resources, assembled in the interest of preventing alcohol abuse:
The Centers for Disease Control has declared that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, killing 443,000 people annually. Second-hand smoke, according to the CDC, causes an estimated 42,000 deaths from heart disease and 3,400 lung cancer deaths among non-smokers in America annually.
There are many, many helpful Internet resources to provide more information on the dangers of smoking, and to help those who choose to quit. Here are just a few:
- Smokefree.gov offers Quit Plans and resources to help you quit your use of smoked tobacco products
- The National Cancer Institute offers a Smoking Quitline at 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)
- Smokefree Women: women.smokefree.gov
- In Alabama, smokers may get free help by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visiting www.alabamaquitnow.com.
- Huntingdon’s Smoke-Free Campus